LOUISIANA

Boo, Bobby

Dardenne criticizes Jindal for spending tourism funds for other purposes.

Aug. 29, 2013, 7:16 a.m.

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

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