Paul Rainwater

Politics
3:20 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Louisiana has $130M left over from last year

The Legislature's chief economist says Louisiana closed the last fiscal year with a surplus of $180 million.

Greg Albrecht gave the news to the state income forecasting panel, the Revenue Estimating Conference, on Thursday.

Albrecht says the better-than-expected financial performance for the budget year that ended June 30 was largely tied to corporate tax collections, which were significantly higher than forecast.

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Collections
3:47 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

State looks to hire private agency to collect debts

Gov. Bobby Jindal's chief budget aide says he wants to hire a private company to advise him on the best way to collect more than $1 billion owed to state government.

Commissioner of Administration Paul Rainwater tells The Advocate the unpaid bills include medical services, college tuition installment payments, environmental quality monitoring and other expenses.

With state government struggling to pay its own bills during the economic downturn, state officials are pressing the governor to get aggressive about the debts.

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Tropical Storm Isaac
6:37 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

State government offices to close in 22 parishes

State government offices across 22 parishes will shut down Tuesday and Wednesday because of Tropical Storm Isaac, expected to grow into a hurricane.

Commissioner of Administration Paul Rainwater on Monday announced the closures, which cover parishes in the tropical storm warning, hurricane watch and hurricane warning areas.

State Debt Collection
3:32 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

State considering ways to boost debt collection

State officials are looking at ways to beef up efforts to collect hundreds of millions of dollars in debts owed to agencies across Louisiana government.

Louisiana doesn't have a centralized collection agency that handles all state government debts.

Lawmakers authorized the creation of a two-year pilot program that would let the state sell or auction off long-term delinquent accounts to companies that believe they can collect some of the money owed.

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State Hiring Freeze
4:47 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Jindal continues state's partial hiring freeze

In what is becoming an annual ritual, Gov. Bobby Jindal has again issued a partial hiring freeze on executive branch agencies in state government.

The hiring freeze covers the 2012-13 fiscal year that began July 1.

For most agencies, Commissioner of Administration Paul Rainwater will set a number of vacant positions that the offices can't fill. If they want to add new workers who will shrink the number of vacancies below that benchmark, the agencies will need Rainwater's permission.

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