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.