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Senators pick through $74M savings from consultant

3 years 1 month 1 week ago May 16, 2014 May 16, 2014 Friday, May 16 2014 May 16, 2014 1:32 PM in News
Source: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE - State senators are questioning whether Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration can deliver the $74 million in savings it is promising from the ideas of an outside consultant.

Members of the Senate Finance Committee bristled Friday at some suggestions from consulting firm Alvarez & Marsal, like plans to close 18 Office of Motor Vehicles locations around the state, limit ferry hours and consolidate transportation maintenance units.

Committee members also asked why Jindal needed to hire a $5 million contractor to find ways to make government more efficient when state employees are experts in their agencies' operations.

The savings expectations are included in the House-approved version of next year's nearly $25 billion budget.

Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols defended the consultant's hiring, saying the firm brought ideas from other states and national expertise.

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