Last week Gov. Bobby Jindal outlined six fiscal policy reforms that will bring greater flexibility, accountability and transparency to the state budget. Specifically, these reforms will:

  • Raise the cap on cutting budgetary spending units
  • Eliminate the two-year limit on dedicated fund reductions
  • Enhance dedicated fund accountability through performance reviews
  • Enact a four-year sunset for statutorily created funds
  • Increase transparency in K-12 education spending
  • Create a user-friendly website that provides comprehensive information about schools

Spending cuts, accountability and transparency. These proposals won’t solve all of Louisiana’s problems, but they may spare Bobby Jindal from this fate.