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BREAKING 6-30-08 Petition Filed To Recall Gov. Jindal; Voters Angry Over Non-Veto of Pay Raise
Monday, Jun 30, 2008 7:55am

BATON ROUGE, LA From The Times (By: Tom Pace, Talk of the Town) BREAKING: STATE POLITICS  10:15am 6-30-08  The clock is ticking down to July 8th, 2008.  That's the deadline for Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal to veto the recently approved pay-raise that state legislators recently voted for themselves. 

And just last week, Jindal himself, has become a target of a state recall petition.  According to The Times article,  as of Friday, June 27th,  Jindal joined four state lawmakers Speaker of the House Jim Tucker, R-Algiers, and Reps. Franklin Foil, R-Baton Rouge, Steve Pugh, R-Ponchatoula and Joe Lopinto, R-Metairie as subjects of recall petitions. 

After learning he is now a recall target, Jindal released this statement: "The voters of our state are angry that the Legislature more than doubled their own pay and I agree with them. It was excessive and they should reverse it. I'm sure more voters will take extraordinary steps to show their anger over the pay raise before this is all said and done that's how a democracy works." 

Statewide, public uproar has led some lawmakers including Rep. Frank Hoffmann, R-West Monroe to renounce the raise and take advantage of a post-session opportunity to refuse it. Others filing late refusals are Reps. Tim Burns, R-Mandeville, and John LaBruzzo, R-Metairie.

Twenty lawmakers filed affidavits refusing the raise before the session ended. Others have said they will donate their increased pay to worthy causes in their home districts.


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