Kennedy, Dardenne debate over state contracts continue

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Louisiana Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne tells a joint legislative committee Monday that a vast majority of the state’s 15,023 contracts cannot be helped. Photo by Jack Richards.

By Jack Richards

BATON ROUGE — Republican State Treasurer John Kennedy lambasted the Gov. John Bel Edwards administration’s approach to state contracts in an interview Monday, while five Statehouse floors below, Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne was wrapping up a preliminary contracts review to a joint legislative committee.

Dardenne’s long-awaited presentation to the Legislative Committee on the Budget came as legislation by Rep. Barry Ivey, R-Baton Rouge, and Sen. John Milkovich, D-Shreveport, inflicted additional reporting requirements on contracts.

Read the story in The Shreveport Times