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DNR Cuts Four Positions

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  Like other agencies in Louisiana, the state department that regulates energy exploration and coastal activities is dealing with a mid-year budget cut. The Department of Natural Resources' share of cuts came down recently from Gov. Bobby Jindal and totaled $375,000. DNR Secretary Scott Angelle says he already has made his reductions on the administrative level. He says a hiring freeze has been put in place for four budgeted positions within the office of the secretary for a total savings for the current budget year of more than $377,000, which is $2,000 more than Jindal initially ordered. The same positions will remain frozen for the next budget year that begins July 1, 2010, Angelle adds. He says that decision was made because a key component of budget reductions should be that they're sustainable into the future. "Following the lead of Gov. Jindal, we want to make changes in spending that will create savings not only now, but in future years," Angelle says. Overall, Jindal has ordered his cabinet secretaries and agency heads to enact an across-the-board cut of $247.9 million for the current fiscal year that ends June 30, 2010. — Jeremy Alford

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