The New York Times this morning took note of the furor in Louisiana over the legislative pay raise and of the position that the governor has taken. This sort of attention will very likely tarnish his carefully cultivated image as the Republican conservative Wunderkind.
The reformist image of Gov. Bobby Jindal, considered by Republicans a top potential vice-presidential choice, has recently taken a beating after Mr. Jindal refused to veto a sizable pay increase that Louisiana legislators voted for themselves this month.
The increase would more than double the salary of the part-time legislators effective July 8, to $37,500 from $16,800, with considerably more money available once expenses are added in. It has touched a nerve in this impoverished state.