Jindal’s budget increases funding for education, healthcare

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South

BATON ROUGE –Governor Bobby Jindal submitted a balanced budget proposal to the Legislature that holds the line on taxes, increases funding for higher education, increases funding for K-12 schools, increases funding for healthcare and continues to help foster an environment where businesses want to invest and create jobs.

The Executive Budget also continues to shrink the size of government and help grow Louisiana’s private sector economy to create more good paying private sector jobs.

Jindal’s budget increases higher education funding by $141.5 million, increases funding for the Minimum Foundation Program for K-12 schools to its highest level ever and by its largest annual increase since 2009, and increases healthcare funding without provider rate cuts or reductions in Medicaid eligibility.

The Executive Budget for the 2015 fiscal year proposes total funding of $24.99 billion, a decrease of $623.7 million or 2.43 percent, compared to the 2014 fiscal year operating budget of $25.61 billion.