Bobby Jindal, the Louisiana governor, had this to say in his blog:
Just as I said during the campaign, we have to stop the out-of-control spending of taxpayer money in Baton Rouge. In the past, our state has too often jumped into an unbridled spending spree in the wake of budget surpluses and then quickly ended up in debt…and without much to show for it. In order for us to continue to move toward a New Louisiana, we must eliminate wasteful spending that does not address our state’s priorities. This means that if a project is not openly addressed during the legislative session, it doesn’t meet an identified state priority, and it isn’t fully disclosed so everyone knows its origin and purpose, I will veto it.
Make sure there is a purpose for spending that fits into a set of priorities? When is the last time you heard that from a government official? Jindal is working to prove what many of us have know for a long time: less government spending, lower taxes, and building an ethical culture will help attract businesses and people, and makes for a better standard of living.