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Jan 7, 2010 7:39 PM by Jim Hummel

Streamlining Government

One week into the New Year, state officials are talking cuts to balance the state budget. The Governor has ordered most agencies to submit budget-cutting plans by Friday. This as a new report outlines ways to curb government spending in the state.

The Commission on Streamlining Government was charged with finding ways to save more than $800 million. The panel released a report this week, and contains 238 recommendations and ways to reduce state spending by cutting programs and reducing the government work force.

"We're going to have to set priorities, and do what families and businesses have been doing for a long time, live in our means and fund priorities," said State Treasurer John Kennedy.

Some of the recommendations by the panel have already been implemented, including reducing the number of state-owned cars, and decreasing the amount of managers in state agencies.

"Those are some of the things we can do administratively," Governor Jindal said.

It's unclear just how much money the recommendations could end up saving the state. The report is still be analyzed the legislature's fiscal office.

Jim Hummel

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