Jindal orders hiring freeze for executive branch agencies of state government

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has ordered a hiring freeze affecting the executive branch agencies of state government through the middle part of next year.

The governor says he hopes the hiring freeze will result in a savings of $7 million.

The order affects more than three dozen agencies including Veterans Affairs, Transportation and Development, Corrections, and Health and Hospitals.

Several portions of state government can request to be exempt from the hiring freeze, including higher education, direct patient care positions and direct public safety positions, according to the executive order. The order also exempts certain unnamed positions in the Office of Juvenile Justice and law enforcement cadet classes within Wildlife and Fisheries and Louisiana State Police.

To read the entire executive order, click here: http://1.usa.gov/1eOfUFu

The governor says any department wanting to fill a position during the hiring freeze must first get approval from Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols.

In a news release, the Division of Administration says the reduction plan was put in place after Louisiana's Revenue Estimating Conference (REC) predicted a reduction of $34.7 million for fiscal year 2014 "as a result of the fluctuation in the collection of corporate taxes which typically come later than other taxes into the state treasury."

Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols said there will not be any further cuts to the 2014 state budget. "We are confident that the Louisiana economy is growing, and we believe revenue will grow with it," Nichols said.

The governor's hiring freeze order took effect Wednesday. The order says the freeze will remain in effect through June 30, 2015.

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