Adjustments Planned To Close Louisiana's Deficit
BATON ROUGE (AP) — To rebalance this year's $25 billion budget and eliminate a $180 million deficit, Gov. Bobby Jindal's Division of Administration presented a plan to lawmakers, which relies on adding unspent dollars into the budget and cutting spending at state agencies. A look at some details:
DEFICIT WAS CLOSED WITH:
—Fund sweeps, patchwork dollars added: $131.8 million.
—Spending freeze on nonessential travel and supplies: $10.9 million.
—Elimination of vacant jobs: $12.2 million.
—Contract cuts: $6.2 million.
—Other individual cuts to agencies: $18.4 million.
—$32 million from tax amnesty program.
—$12 million from insurance settlement related to Hurricane Gustav damage.
—$15 million in unspent money from increased penalties and fees charged to uninsured motorists, approved by lawmakers earlier this year.
—$47 million in unbudgeted fees and self-generated revenue from state agencies and FEMA payments.
—$24.3 million from unspent balances in a half dozen state funds.
—$1.6 million from state property sales.
—Division of Administration, $3.1 million.
—Coastal Restoration and Protection, $947,698.
—Department of Military Affairs, $359,000.
—Department of Veterans Affairs, $240,000.
—Department of Agriculture and Forestry, $208,316.
—Department of Insurance, $232,771.
—Department of Economic Development, $2.1 million.
—Department of Transportation and Development, $8.2 million.
—Department of Corrections, $336,780.
—Office of Juvenile Justice, $2 million.
—Department of Health and Hospitals, $5.5 million.
—Department of Children and Family Services, $964,980.
—Department of Natural Resources, $714,902.
—Department of Revenue, $2.1 million.
—Department of Environmental Quality, $2.1 million.
—Louisiana Workforce Commission, $2.2 million.
—Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, $2 million.
—Department of Education, $6.3 million.
167 VACANT JOBS ELIMINATED:
—Division of Administration: 24
—Coastal Restoration and Protection: 2
—Department of Military Affairs: 5
—Louisiana Public Defender Board: 1
—Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement: 1
—Department of Agriculture and Forestry: 5
—Department of Insurance: 6
—Department of Economic Development: 1
—Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism: 7
—Department of Transportation and Development: 9
—Department of Corrections: 6
—Office of Juvenile Justice: 10
—Department of Health and Hospitals: 47
—Department of Natural Resources: 5
—Department of Environmental Quality: 10
—Louisiana Workforce Commission: 13
—Louisiana Educational Television Authority: 1
—Department of Education: 14