Edwards administration still devising plan to withhold $60M
BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration hasn't yet settled on its plan for withholding $60 million from state agencies as a deficit-avoidance measure.
The governor's chief budget adviser, Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne, says the administration will announce next month which agencies will be told to lessen their spending plans. He says he's collected information from the chief financial officers of each department to help make those decisions.
Dardenne says he'll report to the Legislature's joint budget committee in August on how the figure was divvied up across the $28 billion state operating budget and which agencies will be limited in their spending.
The effort is aimed at keeping the budget in balance if the Louisiana income forecast used to build the budget is too high, as many Republican lawmakers expect.