Maginnis: Legislature gives governor what he needs
The legislative session that concluded Monday perhaps marks the apex of Gov. Bobby Jindal's power over that other branch of government, and the peak came early. Getting off to a fast start, the governor got the Legislature to pass the education agenda he wanted and, at the end, the budget he needed. In between, he got only a small piece of the sweeping retirement overhaul he sought, but it's enough for him to claim credit for doing what no other governor has done. Legislators managed to hold the governor's attention for about three weeks, long enough—in near-record time and with minimal amendments—to pass his sweeping education bills expanding private-school vouchers statewide, ending tenure as teachers know it and rolling back the powers of local school boards. Fittingly, the governor held the bill-signing ceremony at a Catholic school, for he might not have felt welcomed in many public schools. Jindal's mastery over the Legislature was likened to that of Huey Long, as Republicans and those Democrats allowed chairmanships moved in orderly lockstep. Read the full column here.
(John Maginnis publishes LaPolitics Weekly, a newsletter on Louisiana politics, at LaPolitics.com.)
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