BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal says aligning Louisiana's educational systems to state workforce needs will be his top priority for the legislative session that begins Monday.
In an interview with The Associated Press, the Republican governor outlined items he's pushing with lawmakers.
At the top of the list, he'll ask legislators to steer $40 million to a new fund encouraging colleges to do more commercial research and produce graduates in high-demand fields.
He's also supporting tougher laws against human trafficking and changes to the civil litigation system sought by business groups. He's seeking new restraints on a levee board that filed a lawsuit against the oil and gas industry, a lawsuit Jindal opposed.
And Jindal's promising a vigorous defense of his 2012 education laws, which are targeted for rollback by several lawmakers.