Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal last week called on the Legislature to avoid creating new targeted spending mandates, which he said would “hinder budgetary flexibility, limit options for spending reductions, and restrict the proper management of the state’s finances during changing economic conditions.”

Several bills currently before lawmakers would establish constitutionally mandated expenditures or dedicate special funds to certain projects. Jindal said the budget already contains dedicated funding mechanisms for such areas as coastal protection, transportation, and public education.

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