Executive Department-Spending Freeze

WHEREAS, pursuant to the provisions of Article IV, Section 5 of the Louisiana Constitution of 1974, as amended, and Act No.10 of the 1999 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature, the governor may issue executive orders which limit the expenditure of funds by the various agencies in the executive branch of state government (hereafter "spending freeze"); and

WHEREAS, to ensure that the state of Louisiana will not suffer a budget deficit due to fiscal year 1999-2000 appropriations exceeding actual revenues, prudent money management practices dictate that the best interests of the citizens of the state of Louisiana will be served by implementing a spending freeze throughout the executive branch of state government to achieve a state general fund savings of at least fifty million dollars ($50,000,000) for the remainder of the 1999-2000 fiscal year;

NOW THEREFORE, I, M.J. "MIKE" FOSTER, JR., Governor of the state of Louisiana, by virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution and laws of the state of Louisiana, do hereby order and direct as follows:

SECTION 1: The following departments, agencies, and/or budget units of the executive branch of the state of Louisiana, as described in and/or funded by appropriations through Act No.10 of the 1999 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature (hereafter Act No. 10), (hereafter "Units") shall reduce expenditure of funds, in the amounts shown below, that are appropriated to the Unit by Act No. 10 from the state general fund and/or from any other fund or source which by law reverts or is credited to the state general fund at the end of the state fiscal year:

Executive Department
Schedule 01
Secretary of State
Budget Unit 04-139
Office of the Attorney General
Budget Unit 04-141
Commissioner of Elections
Budget Unit 04-144
Lieutenant Governor
Budget Unit 04-146
State Treasurer
Budget Unit 04-147
Agriculture and Forestry
Budget Unit 04-147
Commissioner of Insurance
Budget Unit 04-165
Department of Economic Development
Schedule 05
Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism
Schedule 06
Department of Transportation and Development
Schedule 07
Department of Public Safety and Corrections Public Safety Services

Public Safety Services budget units only

Department of Health and Hospitals
Schedule 09
Department of Social Services
Schedule 10
Department of Natural Resources
Schedule 11
Department of Revenue
Schedule 12
Department of Environmental Quality
Schedule 13
Department of Labor
Schedule 14
Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Schedule 16
Department of Civil Service
Schedule 17
Louisiana Special Education Center
Budget Unit 19-657
Office of Student Financial Assistance
Budget Unit 19-661, except funding for
Tuition Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS)
Louisiana Educational Television Authority
Budget Unit 19-662
Council for Development of French in Louisiana
Budget Unit 19-663
Board of Elementary and Secondary Education
Budget Unit 19-666
Department of Education $4,445,679
Schedule 19 Department of Education budget units,
except Budget Unit 19-695 (Minimum Foundation Program)
Louisiana State University Medical Center Health Care Services
Budget Unit 19-610


A. No later than January 15, 2000, the head of each Unit specified in Section 1 of this Order shall submit a report which reflects the Unit's proposed allocation of spending reductions (hereafter "spending freeze plan") to the commissioner of administration (hereafter "commissioner") for approval.

B. No Unit shall implement the spending reductions mandated by Section 1 of the Order without the commissioner's prior written approval of the Unit's proposed spending plan.

C. Following receipt of the commissioner's written approval, any change to a spending freeze plan requires the commissioner's prior written approval.

SECTION 3: The commissioner is authorized to develop additional guidelines to facilitate the administration of this Order.

SECTION 4: This Order is effective upon signature and shall remain in effect through June 30, 2000, unless amended, modified, terminated, or rescinded prior to that date.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have set my hand officially and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of the state of Louisiana, at the Capitol, in the city of Baton Rouge, on this 7th day of December, 1999.

M.J. "Mike" Foster, Jr.

Fox McKeithen
Secretary of State