Louisiana 2008 ballot news archive
Baton Rouge capital improvement plan to be put to vote
The Baton Rouge Metro Council voted July 23, 2008, to send Mayor-President Kip Holden’s $989 million capital improvement proposal to voters in November.
Holden successfully fought off efforts by three council members to split the proposed bond issue and its supporting taxes—a half-cent sales tax increase and a 9.9-mill property tax—into two parts. The plan proposes $391 million for downtown projects, including a riverfront theme park and the expansion of the River Center, plus a new police station, new jail, drainage improvements, and synchronization of traffic signals.
Holden said the proposal will create thousands of new jobs and bring more business to the city.
Gov. Jindal issues veto, avoids recall
Gov. Bobby Jindal issued a belated veto of the Louisiana legislature's recent massive pay hike on Monday, June 30, 2008, avoiding recall efforts that were already underway when it appeared that Jindal was going to reneige on his camopagin promise to veto such a hike.
The Governor made a campaign promise to prohibit the Louisiana Legislature from voting itself a pay raise, and then vowed to Legislature not to veto their recently passed massive pay raise bill.
Conservative talk radio and blogs, once staunch Jindal supporters, and even the vast majority of the state's media, turned on Jindal as a result of his deal cutting with the Legislature. A mass rally was planned (and since canceled) for the steps of the Capitol for July 7, 2008, to urge Jindal to keep his word to the people and veto the bill.
Louisiana one of six states with photo ID
Louisiana is the only state bordering Mississippi with a photo ID provision, and its law is only a request. Voters may sign an affidavit if they present another kind of identification. Florida and Georgia are the only Deep South states requiring a photo ID.