Jindal adviser calls treasurer's plan unrealistic
BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's top financial adviser says a 16-point plan touted by Treasurer John Kennedy as a way to eliminate the state's budget shortfall is unrealistic and based on faulty figures.
Kennedy has been traveling the state touting the ideas, which include cutting 5,000 vacant state jobs annually and eliminating 1,600 state consulting contracts.
Commissioner of Administration Paul Rainwater, the governor's top budget analyst, says he agrees with some general ideas Kennedy is pushing - like a need to reduce the overall size of state government. But he says Kennedy's specific suggestions are too simplistic and wouldn't achieve the level of savings the treasurer claims.
The governor's 2011-12 budget proposal, including ideas for how to close a $1.5 billion budget gap, is due to lawmakers in March.