Monday, February 16, 2009

How will Jindal handle the stimulus money?

Louisiana is in line to receive some $3.8 billion from the economic stimulus package just adopted by Congress, but how will Governor Bobby Jindal handle the money? After all, Jindal has spoken against the stimulus package and is slated to give the Republican response to President Barack Obama's message to Congress next week.

As Monroe News-Star reporter Stephen Larger writes in this article, "Jindal must reconcile his national image as a small-government conservative and the possibility of an ostensibly free budget bailout courtesy of the federal government."

As a leading future contender for the Republican presidential nomination, Jindal must carefully thread the needle if he wants to accept federal money for his cash-strapped state without offending the small-government, limited-spending base of his party.

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