The fall of Bobby Jindal: A cautionary tale for Pat McCrory?
“A word to the wise. Before ending Medicaid expansion and the state’s income tax, Governor McCrory might want to check in with his buddy, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. Once the most popular governor in the nation, according to Public Policy Polling, Jindal’s approval ratings have fallen dramatically—from a 58% approval rating in 2010 to 37% approval this month, including a 25% drop in support from Independents. And Republican polling doesn’t look much better—GOP firm Voter Opinion Research also has Jindal under water, with 45% approval and 47% disapproval, a six-point drop since September 2012.
What does this have to do with McCory? Turns out the collapse in Jindal’s approval rating corresponds to the period of time in which the Louisiana Governor refused to expand Medicaid and proposed a tax reform plan that eliminates the personal and corporate incomes taxes, establishes one of the highest sales taxes in the nation, and ultimately raises taxes on 80% of the state’s residents.
Unless he wants to end up with Jindal’s collapsing support, McCrory might want to avoid adopting Jindal’s policy agenda.