Louisiana state agencies are paying above-market rates to rent office space from New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson, and the state is paying $625,000 for space it isn't using, according to an audit released Monday.
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.
In addition to pouring over the state’s much-ballyhooed tax exemptions, the study group will undertake a very comprehensive review, from tax rates and property taxes to credits and administration.
The state party says the district is "challenging terrain" for a Democrat but makes no mention of the former governor's eight years in federal prison.