The state of Louisiana faces a severe decline in
revenues through fiscal year 2012 which, if no corrective action is taken,
will leave a significant funding gap in the state government expenditures and
will create serious sustainability issues in financing of state obligations.
It is essential that the state act now to reduce the cost
of state government, through all means available, including efficiencies,
economies, greater effectiveness, and other means to streamline government in
order to overcome the projected severe revenue reductions
occurring through 2012 and to ensure that available state tax dollars are being
spent efficiently and effectively. Many state agencies were created over
30 years ago and a review of all agencies and its activities, functions,
programs, and services is needed to determine whether the purpose served by the
agency or activity, function, program, or service continues to be relevant.