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Video Playlist:

Play Button  full show - Full Program
Play Button  backgrounder - Backgrounder
Play Button  pressclub - Streamlining Commission’s 238 recommendations (highlights)
Play Button  background extra - The Commission’s biggest challenge
Play Button  background extra - Rating the Commission’s Performance
Play Button  background extra - Where does Governor Jindal fit into the streamlining process?
Play Button  background extra - What did the Streamlining Commission do?
Play Button  background extra - Why not use taxes to fill the gap?
Play Button  background extra - What happens next with the recommendations?
Play Button  background extra - Does the state have too many classified workers?
Play Button  background extra - When privatization isn’t a good idea
Play Button  background extra - Why we should scrutinize state contracts more.
Play Button  background extra - What disappointed me most with the Streamlining Commission.
Play Button  background extra - Why I oppose moving retirement to defined contribution.
Play Button  background extra - Proposal re: Charity Hospital System
Play Button  background extra - What is Full Cost Recovery?
Play Button  background extra - Does the state have too many managers?
Play Button  background extra - My biggest disappointment with the Commission
Play Button  background extra - Why move state retirement to defined contribution?

01/10 - Streamlining Louisiana 2010

How do you cut $802 million from Louisiana’s budget?

How do you cut $802 million from Louisiana’s budget? The Louisiana Commission on Streamlining Government came up with 238 recommendations to help move the state towards that goal. Louisiana Public Square explores the highlights, ramifications and challenges of “Streamlining Louisiana 2010,” airing Wednesday, January 27 at 7 p.m. on LPB.

Our program taping will be Wednesday, January 20th from 7-8 p.m.


Last session the Legislature passed Act 491 establishing the Louisiana Commission on Streamlining Government. The ten-member Commission was tasked with suggesting ways “to streamline government in order to overcome the projected severe revenue reductions occurring through 2012 and to ensure that available state tax dollars are being spent efficiently and effectively.” At the time of the legislation, the state was facing a projected $1 billion state budget shortfall for the 2010 fiscal year and a possible $2 billion shortfall for the 2011-2012 fiscal year when one-time federal stimulus dollars will be gone. In December an additional $248 million of mid-year budget cuts was announced.

The Commission held its initial meeting in late July and established five Advisory Groups. Over the next four months the advisory groups held forty-six public hearings on proposals and the Commission conducted public hearings in Monroe, Alexandria, Shreveport, Lake Charles and Harahan....

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This program was also funded in part by the Louisiana Forestry Association

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Move non violent prisoners into highschool and colleges, thereby funding education with the money we are spending to warehouse non violent offenders. Money moves out of prisons and into education. It would also be an investment in our future and turn people into productive citizens. Corrections spending in Louisiana stood at 729 million in 2004, 619 million of which came from general funds. Louisiana prison spending consumes 9.5% of state general fund dollars, which is higher than most other states, and 15% of state general funds are spent on higher education. The Justice Policy Institute has shown that, over the last two decades, general fund spending on corrections in Louisiana grew at twice the rate of general fund spending on higher education.

Of course, if Louisiana would get off protecting fossil fuels industry and transfer skills of the many talented engineering firms, we would be developing new forms of energy delivery, creating industry and jobs—expanded tax base. I think Rabdy Ewing should be on this panel also.

Posted by Leonard Joseph  on  01/26  at  09:46 PM

I think they’ve begun a good process with the look at patronage(did anyone know it was that bad).  The plan to not replace the employees who leave state service will probably help if it only serves to lose the very lowest level of employee for the most part.  Many private firms accomplish draw-downs at the beginning in this way and consider it a fairly painless way to do it.  For those displaced employees and what should be done for them as the draw-down gets more widespread:  The state runs the education system.  Put them in skills evaluation/training thru those institutions and help them connect with new opportunities.  These institutions have placement services too.  If their evaluation indicates that further training is not necessary to place these displaced employees, the Tech schools and communitity colleges are well placed to site these folks.

Posted by Kim Horton  on  01/27  at  09:23 PM

Eliminate many non essential state workers.  Make evaluations more meaningful, raises should be truly based on merit, not just showing up for work.
Prison reform way overdue.  While in prison education needed, skills to obtain jobs emphasized.  All systems should be self supporting.  Families should have to contribute to the cost of incarceration.  Keep tabs on true cost of being in prison, payback part of the sentence.  If prisoner achieves a skill level & graduates from educational program, sentence could be reduced. Get better personnel to work to rehab ist offenders.
Fraud need to eliminated from medicaid.  too many are enrolled that should not be.  Sliding scale for services needed.

Posted by Lynn Tucker  on  01/27  at  10:40 PM

My family is personally affected by the closure of the community homes.  My dad was forced to move my sister from the large developmental center to the group home.  My sister does not take change well.  The state needs to re-certify indiviuals yearly to verify they are still in need of services.  Some indiviuals are receiving checks and no longer need services.
Now let me make myself clear, I am sure there are some clients in group homes that are higher functioning and will benefit from waiver services.  The problem here is OCDD is grouping everyone together, that is WRONG.

Posted by JoAnn L.  on  02/01  at  04:09 PM

If Louisiana would get off protecting fossil fuels industry and transfer skills of the many talented engineering firms, we would be developing new forms of energy delivery, creating industry and jobs—expanded tax base.

Posted by imarion  on  04/21  at  08:20 AM
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