Posted: Oct 14, 2010 9:50 AM by Nichole Larkey
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The state Department of Corrections is contemplating the sale of prisons to cut costs during difficult budget times.
State Corrections Secretary Jimmy LeBlanc that everything has been put on the table. LeBlanc said he is
looking for creative ways to chop his budget.
The state is grappling with heavy financial problems. The Jindal administration is in the midst of trimming the $25.5 billion state operating budget to absorb a $108 million deficit from the fiscal year that ended in June. In the fiscal year that starts next summer, the shortfall is expected to be at least $1.6 billion.
Officials have instructed department heads to submit plans for reducing spending by 35 percent in the upcoming budget year.