BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The clock is ticking at the State Capitol as lawmakers have just two weeks to pass a budget, avoid drastic cuts and a veto from the governor.
Governor Jindal has said in the past that he's opposed to raising taxes. He continues to praise lawmakers for their work and remains optimistic a balanced budget will pass without raising taxes.
The governor welcomed 9News into his office at the Capitol Thursday afternoon.
Next year's $24 billion budget proposal is currently in the hands of the Senate after passing the House last week.
From the Senate, it would come to the governor's desk. Gov. Jindal has threatened to veto the budget if it contains tax increases that are not offset by spending cuts somewhere else.
However, on Thursday, he said that if things turn out the way he expects, a veto won't be necessary.
"I am confident by the end of session, optimistic and confident, we will get a budget that is balanced, that doesn't raise taxes, that invests in higher education and healthcare," said Gov. Jindal. "I commend, just today, the passing of the bill to get rid of the corporate franchise tax. I think they continue to keep options on the table and that is a good thing."
The corporate franchise tax bill is from Representative Cameron Henry, R-Metairie. His bill phases out what the governor calls "corporate welfare" spending.
Governor Jindal also talked about his new support for the Common Core compromise, and the possibility of him running for president. He told 9News there was nothing new to report until the end of session.