- Associated Press - Friday, June 19, 2015

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal vetoed state lawmakers’ attempts to curb taxpayer spending on the Republican governor’s campaign travel as he readies a 2016 presidential bid.

As he signed next year’s budget Friday, Jindal stripped language from the financing bill that would have prohibited the Louisiana State Police from paying for the governor’s security detail to travel with Jindal for “campaign purposes.”

The governor has line-item veto authority over the budget. In his veto message, Jindal said he struck the language because “the implementation of this amendment would limit the budgetary discretion of the State Police.”

Lawmakers have shown increasing irritation about the rising state costs associated with Jindal’s frequent travel across the country. The governor is building a presidential campaign, which he’s expected to announce Wednesday.

State trooper travel expenses have been going up for Jindal’s protective detail, even amid ongoing state budget shortfalls. Both the House and Senate agreed to try to limit state police spending on travel not related to state business.

The state police spent $2.2 million in hotel, meal and other expenses for the governor’s state trooper security detail so far this year, for both in-state and out-of-state trips, lawmakers were told in a recent budget hearing.

The travel costs were higher than for Jindal’s two predecessors.

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