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Treasurer could save Louisiana money with office move
BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards administration is questioning why Treasurer John Kennedy hasn't moved his employees to cheaper office space to help the state save money.
Edwards' chief financial adviser, Jay Dardenne, sent a letter to Kennedy on Friday asking him for more information about 12,000 square feet of office space the treasurer leases for nearly $370,000 a year.
The governor's office released documents showing the Division of Administration told Kennedy he could save nearly $294,000 annually by moving employees to a state-owned building.
Kennedy has regularly outlined what he considers wasteful state government spending, and he's been critical of Edwards for proposing tax increases to plug budget holes.
Kennedy's first assistant Ron Henson responded Monday to Dardenne, saying the treasurer's office is willing to move if enough space is available.
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