Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget vetoes fell heavily on the pet projects of lawmakers who crossed his administration this session, leading to complaints Monday that Jindal used the budget for political retaliation.

Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget vetoes fell heavily on the pet projects of lawmakers who crossed his administration this session, leading to complaints Monday that Jindal used the budget for political retaliation.

Lawmakers also bristled at Jindal's removal of $24.9 million for coastal parishes battling the Gulf oil spill, saying it could slow cleanup and response efforts.

The governor used his line-item veto to nick about $1.6 million of the $30 million in projects added by state lawmakers for their districts back home.

House Speaker Jim Tucker, who didn't back Jindal in passing the budget, lost several projects in his district. Sens. Joe McPherson and Robert Adley, who successfully pushed bills against the wishes of the administration, say they lost all their earmarks to Jindal's veto pen.

"This is a way that the governor controls the Legislature: reward and punishment," McPherson, D-Woodworth, said Monday.

But the earmark cuts didn't surprise lawmakers like the removal of oil spill money for coastal communities.

"This oil spill is going to kill us. It's killing us right now, and you're going to stand on the sidelines and veto money to help us fight it?" said Rep. Reed Henderson, D-Chalmette.

In his veto letter, Jindal said oil giant BP PLC should be responsible for covering those costs, not state taxpayers. He also said the allocation to parishes exceeded the money available in the oil spill fund that would be tapped.

Coastal parish lawmakers argued local communities can't afford to float the money for response efforts and wait for reimbursement.

"The local governments are crying for financial help, and apparently the governor's decided to let them go cry to BP and let the chips fall where they may," Tucker said Monday.

Despite complaints about Jindal vetoes, lawmakers say it's unlikely they'll return to Baton Rouge to try to overturn them in a veto session.

Questioned about the earmark vetoes, the Jindal administration didn't respond to requests Monday about who decided what should be stripped from the $26 billion budget and why. The governor's veto letters said either the projects should be funded from other sources or didn't meet his criteria that they be regional in nature and have been discussed publicly.

More than 50 items were stripped from the budget bills by Jindal in a series of Friday night vetoes, including three dozen legislative add-ons.

"These vetoes reduce the overall size of the budget. Some people wanted us to veto more, and some people wanted us to veto less. We sought to strike a balance," said Michael DiResto, a spokesman for the governor's budget office, in a statement.

Four earmarks totaling $695,000 that were in or near Tucker's district were removed, including money for a volunteer fire department and a local redevelopment agency.

"I think they obviously must be aggravated with me about something, although they haven't told me what, though I guess you could assume it was on the budget," said Tucker, R-Terrytown, who slammed the budget backed by Jindal as irresponsible.

McPherson lost dollars for a local museum, sickle cell anemia services, cultural programs in Alexandria and a historic site in his central Louisiana district.

Adley's add-ons for the military facility Camp Minden, a portable generator for the city of Springhill, street and water equipment for the town of Cullen, main street development programs for Springhill and Minden and a police car for the town of Sarepta were cut.

Tucker, McPherson and Adley say they've added similar projects to budget bills in previous years - and Jindal didn't veto them. Other similar projects stayed in the budget this year.

"There are main street programs, police cars, generators all over the place. I can only assume these cuts, the vetoes, were made to punish me for my position on transparency, but I find it sad," said Adley, R-Benton.

Adley pushed a proposal to require Jindal's office to make public and to preserve records connected to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The governor vetoed the bill last week, saying it could harm the state's position in seeking legal remedy for the disaster's damage. Adley repeatedly criticized Jindal this session for battling bills to open more governor's office records.

McPherson won passage of a measure to repeal a $15 price hike in the cost of a Louisiana driver's license that was enacted by the Jindal administration. The governor's office tried to kill McPherson's bill as it wound through the Legislature, but Jindal ended up signing the repeal.