WHEREAS, pursuant to the provisions of Article IV, Section 5 of the Louisiana Constitution of 1974, as amended, and Act No. 13 of the 2002 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature, the governor may issue executive orders which reduce the expenditure of funds by the various agencies in the executive branch of state government (hereafter "expenditure freeze"); and
WHEREAS, to ensure that the state of Louisiana will not suffer a budget deficit due to fiscal year 2002-2003 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 an expenditure freeze throughout the executive branch of state government to achieve a state general fund savings of at least seventy-five million dollars ($75,000,000) for the remainder of the 2002-2003 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. 13 of the 2002 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature (hereafter "Act No. 13"), (hereafter "Unit" and/or "Units") shall reduce expenditure of funds appropriated to the Unit from the state general fund by Act No. 13, in the amounts shown below:
|Departments||State General Fund|
|Secretary of State|
|Budget Unit 04-139||
|Office of the Attorney General|
|Budget Unit 04-141||
|Commissioner of Elections|
|Budget Unit 04-144||
|Budget Unit 04-146||
|Budget Unit 04-147||
|Agriculture and Forestry|
|Budget Unit 04-160||
|Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism|
|Department of Transportation and Development|
|Department of Public Safety and CorrectionsCorrections Services|
|All Corrections Services Budget Units in Schedule 08||
|Department of Health and Hospitals|
|Department of Social Services|
|Department of Natural Resources|
|Department of Revenue|
|Department of Labor|
|Department of Civil Service|
|Department of Education All Department of Education|
|Budget Units in Schedule 19 (except 19-695 & 19-699)||
|Louisiana State University Health Science Center Health Care Services Division|
|Budget Unit 19-610||
SECTION 3: If full or partial implementation of the expenditure freeze mandated in Section 1 of this Order will prevent a statewide elected official from being able to perform and/or fulfill his or her constitutional functions and/or duties, the commissioner is authorized to grant the statewide elected official an exemption from Section 1 to the extent necessary.
SECTION 4: The commissioner of administration is authorized to develop additional guidelines as necessary to facilitate the administration of this Order.
SECTION 5: All departments, commissions, boards, offices, entities, agencies, and officers of the state of Louisiana, or any political subdivision thereof, are authorized and directed to cooperate in the implementation of the provisions of this Order.
SECTION 6: This Order is effective upon signature and shall remain in effect through June 30, 2003, 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 Louisiana, at the Capitol, in the city of Baton Rouge, on this 24th day of September, 2002.
M.J. "Mike" Foster, Jr.
Secretary of State