Gov. Bobby Jindal has released his 2011 legislative package, titled “Keep Louisiana Growing.” The package contains legislative initiatives of the Jindal administration in addition to the fiscal 2011-12 budget.
Bills supported by the governor include:
-- SB 140 and SB 251 by Sen. Conrad Appel and HB 391 and HB 588 by Speaker Jim Tucker and Rep. Thomas Carmody that restructure higher education to carry out the postsecondary needs of the state by creating a single governance board for higher education.
-- SB 71 by Sen. Mike Michot that renews and extends the Quality Jobs program for six years.
-- HB 348 by Representative Walt Leger that extends and improves the residential historic rehabilitation tax credit, which allows homeowners rehabilitating historic or blighted homes to earn a state income tax credit on up to 25 percent of rehabilitation costs.
-- SB 131 by Sen. Gerald Long that allows the governor to reduce statutorily dedicated fund appropriations by an additional 5 percent during a budget deficit.