STATE SENATORS VOTE TO TRIPLE THEIR SALARIES: SB 672, which passed in the Senate yesterday, recalculates legislator salaries to 30% of what members of the U.S. Congress receive. That triples their take-home pay, and callers to talk radio are losing their religion over it. Noted in the Baton Rouge Advocate's coverage of the story:

[Gov. Bobby] Jindal’s press secretary, Melissa Sellers, said in an e-mail statement that the governor “strongly disagrees with this pay increase,” but she told The Associated Press that he won’t veto the bill if it reaches his desk.

Flashback to Jindal, May 28:

BATON ROUGE – Today, Governor Bobby Jindal held a press conference to express opposition to creating any new targeted spending mandates or statutorily dedicated funding requirements, which would hinder budgetary flexibility, limit options for spending reductions, and restrict the proper management of the state’s finances during changing economic conditions.

Governor Jindal said, “We must be fiscally responsible with taxpayer money. For too long our state has looked for more and more ways to spend taxpayer money – sometimes before we even had it. Spending taxpayer money in any way possible will never be a way to create a financially sound state that is ready to respond to a changing economy and the true demands and needs of Louisianians.

We should not be creating any new legislative mandates that lock in state spending for certain projects and in turn lock out choices for budget savings. Any future legislative spending mandate would only further hinder our investments in health care and education during lean budget years when these services are often the first areas targeted for cuts. We must save for the future; we cannot spend our way toward fiscal responsibility or budget savings.”

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WEDNESDAY AT THE SQUARE: After work today at Lafayette Square: free performances by the Stringbeans and Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue.

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