Judge rules against budget tactics
BATON ROUGE - A judge has ruled against the use of money from a retirement fund to balance the state budget.
The ruling says Governor Jindal and the legislature shouldn't have used $3.7 million from a probation and parole officers retirement fund in the budget.
The legislature and Jindal Administration have used similar tactics over the past few years to keep the budget balanced.
Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols says the state will appeal the ruling and said she expects it to be overturned by the Louisiana Supreme Court.
The Louisiana Probation and Parole Officers Association sued after the money was used from a fund that takes probation and parole fees to enhance retirement benefits.
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