Spending rises for LA boards
BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's effort to limit the costs of Louisiana's governing boards and commissions hasn't trimmed their spending.
A report released Monday by the Legislative Auditor's office shows Louisiana has nearly the same number of boards and commissions as when Jindal took office in 2008.
Their spending has increased.
The auditor's report says as of June 2013, the state had 485 boards and commissions created by law or executive order.
At least 257 of those panels pay per diems, salaries or travel for board members. The report says those totaled $7 million in the 2013 budget year, up $1.6 million from a year earlier.
Auditors say Jindal's attempt to freeze money given to board members for attending meetings had no financial impact because it had too many exceptions.