Jindal orders partial spending freeze for agencies
BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal has ordered a partial freeze on state spending for travel, supplies, contracts and other operating services in most state government agencies for the remaining two months of the fiscal year.
Jindal's executive order was issued Monday, to help free up some money in state agencies that could be carried over to next year to help lessen the blow of a more than $1 billion state budget shortfall.
Rep. Jim Fannin, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, says he asked the governor's office to issue the spending freeze.
Jindal's order stops spending on expenses considered nonessential. It includes a two-page list of exemptions and doesn't restrict emergency spending tied to Mississippi River flooding. It also doesn't cover legislative or judicial spending.