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Jindal-hired contractor releases savings ideas

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The contractor hired by Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration to find ways to save the state money has turned in its 425-page report, which outlines $2.7 billion in savings ideas over five years.
    
Recommendations from Alvarez & Marsal include restructuring management, selling property, consolidating offices and cutting insurance costs.
    
Some ideas are relatively modest, like shrinking toll-free numbers across agencies, while others are more sweeping, like centralizing how the state buys goods and services.
    
The consultant suggests raising fees on some services, and it says the revenue department could beef up its tax collection efforts and generate more cash for the treasury.
    
More than $1 billion of the recommendations involve changing the health care plans offered to state workers, retirees and their dependents.

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