BATON ROUGE, LA (AP) - Republican Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, seeking to move into Louisiana's highest office, says the state needs to re-examine tax breaks as a way to raise money for the budget and to seriously consider whether to expand Medicaid.
Those positions outlined by Dardenne, running for governor in the 2015 election, put him at odds with term-limited Gov. Bobby Jindal.
Dardenne told the Baton Rouge Press Club on Monday that if elected, he'd have a more transparent administration than Jindal, who has been criticized for secrecy.
Dardenne also tried to distinguish himself from U.S. Sen. David Vitter, a fellow Republican and gubernatorial candidate, by tying Vitter to the partisan gridlock of Washington. The lieutenant governor described himself as bipartisan.
Also running for governor next year is Democratic state Rep. John Bel Edwards.