Treasurer's office hit by budget cuts

Treasurer's office hit by budget cuts
Louisiana Politics

POSTED: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 5:00pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 5:04pm

Governor Bobby Jindal has vetoed several items of the state's budget, one of them taking more than $550,000 from Treasurer John Kennedy's office.

Kennedy has fought against several of Jindal's proposals through the 2012 Legislative Session.

The cuts include several programs in the department. It also takes out money for four jobs that are vacant.

The treasurer says he's not sure if the four percent cut is a result of all the disagreeing during session.

"I don't know what's in Bobby's heart or what's in his mind. I really don't,” stated Kennedy. “He's got his job to do, but I've got mine to do, and I'm going to continue to be outspoken and talk about the changes we need to make in Louisiana.”

According to the Jindal's veto letter, Jindal says he vetoed the item because, “This will reduce funding to streamline the department by realigning its expenditures to spending patterns based on a three-year average, and reflects the fact that the department has four funded vacant positions; therefore, I am vetoing this item.”

Other vetoes included merging two correctional centers in north Louisiana.

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