BATON ROUGE, LA – The House Appropriations Committee this week advanced two bills that rein in the number of consulting contracts across state government, according to State Treasurer John Kennedy.

“We had $12.23 billion in contracts last year. State agencies will tell you every one of those contracts is necessary. I disagree,” said Treasurer Kennedy. “We have to get our spending in check.”

House Bill 454 would create a layer of legislative oversight for professional, personal and consulting service contracts totaling $25,000 or more. Those contracts would have to be reviewed by the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget.

House Bill 74 would decrease by $183.2 million the contracts paid with State General Fund dollars in the upcoming state budget year that starts July 1. The decrease equals the amount of money needed to make TOPS whole.

Both bills are sponsored by state Rep. Dee Richard of Thibodaux. They now go to the House floor.

“These are common sense solutions to the spending frenzy that is occurring with state contracts,” said Treasurer Kennedy. “We’re sending millions of dollars out the door when we could do this work in-house or not waste the money at all.”

Michelle Millhollon
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