After years of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s budget policies, legislators studied with well-informed skepticism his plan to make cuts and juggle funds to arrive at a technically balanced budget.Well, then. Of course it's pretty easy to take shots like this at a lame duck. Weird that it shows up in an unsigned editorial, though. I thought the Advocate didn't approve of incivility and anonymous comments.
Amid all the dodges and weaves proposed by Jindal’s commissioner of administration, Stafford Palmieri, one stood out to Sen. Dan Claitor, R-Baton Rouge. It was the $126 million the Jindal administration described as an “anti-fraud” initiative in the state health department that postpones payments to health care providers by two weeks.
Palmieri said that gives the department time to closely check for fraud — but the net effect, Claitor and other lawmakers noted, is that the maneuver pushes payments for services into the next budget year.
“We’re not going to find $126 million in fraud. We’re just slow-paying the providers,” Claitor said.
“This is cash flow management,” Palmieri replied.
It was a last expression of the cynical wonderland of Jindal accounting.
Wednesday, December 09, 2015
This is about as strongly worded an Advocate editorial as you'll see.