Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne is looking ahead to 2016. At the Baton Rouge Press Club today, Dardenne anticipated that Gov. Jindal would be running for president and indicated he would consider running to be the chief executive of Louisiana.
“I love the job I have and the only other job I’d be interested in having would be governor,” says Dardenne.
Dardenne criticized Governor Jindal’s line-item vetoes that stripped state funding from the Office of Tourism, which the lieutenant governor heads.
Nearly a quarter of the Tourism budget is spent on marketing to draw tourists to the state. Dardenne says since he took office in 2010, Louisiana has added 12,000 tourism-related jobs. He suggested the Governor’s cuts may hinder future revenue and job growth in the tourism sector.
The tourism budget is further constrained as $6 million is committed to support New Orleans hosting Super Bowl XLVII on February 3rd.