Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal ordered $165.5 million of cuts from the state's $25 billion budget for fiscal 2013 last week after the Revenue Estimating Conference cut its outlook for general fund revenues this year by $129 million and by $207 million for fiscal 2014. Jindal has the constitutional authority to cut spending by 3%. Additional cuts require approval by the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget.
The mandated cuts issued on Dec. 14 protect higher education and health care, Jindal said.