Jindal Freezes Non-Essential State Agency Spending
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. Bobby Jindal has ordered a partial freeze on state spending for travel, supplies, contracts and other operating services across most state government agencies.
The order, announced late Friday, covers the remaining seven months of the budget year. It comes as the state has been borrowing money from treasury funds to pay expenses because state general fund revenue has been slow to arrive.
The governor's order stops spending on expenses considered nonessential. It includes two pages of exemptions and allows Jindal's commissioner of administration to give exemptions on a case-by-case basis. It doesn't cover legislative or judicial spending or many of the functions overseen by statewide elected officials.
Similar spending freezes have been issued in tight budget years. Jindal also ordered a limited hiring freeze earlier this year.