The total number of Louisiana governing boards and commissions are now higher than when governor Bobby Jindal took office in 2008.

Even though they have continuously tried to lessen the number, the new report by the Louisiana Legislative Auditors's office tells otherwise. The report says as of June 2012, the state has 492 boards and commissions created by law or executive order, up from 484 in 2008.

At least 277 of those panels pay per diems, salaries or travel for the members.

These costs have amounted to nearly $5 million in 2011 and are looking to be even more at the end of this year.