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Indiana budget heads tell agencies to trim expenses

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - State revenues that are coming in less than expected have budget officials telling agency chiefs to cut spending.

The (Munster) Times reported Sunday the heads of the Office of Management and Budget and the State Budget Agency recently sent a memo outlining some of the ways that agencies can reduce spending to help preserve the state’s $2 billion budget reserve.

Those steps include limiting travel, carpooling, using video conferencing instead of in-person meetings; issuing required reports online instead of on paper; carefully managing overtime expenses; and using Department of Correction prisoner labor, if appropriate.

Through the first three months of the current state fiscal year, revenues have come in $73.5 million less than predicted by the revenue forecast used by lawmakers in writing the 2014-15 state budget.

 

Posted 10/14/2013