Governor Jindal has been telling the rest of the country that it's no longer business as usual in Louisiana. The governor made ethics reform a priority during his first months in office. At the opening of last year's special legislative session, Jindal called transparency one of the most important things for the future of our state. We agree. Now, it's time to make good on that promise.
The governor touts transparency, but stops short when it comes to his office. At the beginning of the current session, Governor Jindal's staff helped kill legislation that proponents say would have made the governor's office more transparent. The governor's executive counsel claimed that proposal would have held the governor to a higher level of scrutiny than state legislators. Is that a bad thing? Or should Governor Jindal's office lead by example?