New state government hiring freeze issued
BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal has issued a partial hiring freeze on executive branch agencies in state government, seeking to reduce state spending.
Jindal has repeatedly issued limited hiring freezes throughout his administration as the state has struggled with budget problems. The goal listed in the executive order, posted Thursday, is to save $7 million in the state's general fund.
The savings goal is modest. The current year general operating budget tops $25 billion.
This latest hiring freeze, issued while Jindal is on an Asian economic development trip, took effect immediately and remains on the books until June 30, 2015.
The state's elected officials and the Louisiana Legislature aren't covered by the governor's order. Also exempt are the public college systems and jobs that provide direct patient care or law enforcement.