At his Tourism Summit, Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne (R) "says it's getting tougher to hold on to the money that's supposed to be spent on tourism because legislators and Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) keep taking it for other purposes. Speaking Tuesday to a packed room of people who make their living in the touring industry, Dardenne said he's supposed to get $23million for tourism advertising, but "unfortunately, there's a trend to redirect those dollars."
"Another problem, he said, is that the governor has raided a state parks fund to balance the state budget. Several years ago, legislation called for fees on overnight rentals of cabins and other park facilities to go into a maintenance and repair fund." Dardenne: "The current administration has tapped into that fund to the point that the fund is at zero." (Monroe News Star)
-- Julie Sobel