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Some Lawmakers Are Questioning Another Consulting Contract

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A consultant hired to devise money-savings ideas for Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration is being given an extra month to do its work.
    
Jindal's chief budget adviser, Kristy Nichols, told the House Appropriations Committee on Monday that Alvarez & Marsal isn't finished with its work, which was due in mid-April. Nichols says the consulting firm was given until the end of May to complete its recommendations.
    
Lawmakers have questioned whether the $5 million contract was a waste of money or would generate politically unfeasible ideas that don't translate into real savings. Nichols says the firm already has come up with ideas that generate that amount in savings and much more.
    
After lawmakers criticized the contract, the administration amended its agreement to require that the firm find $500 million in savings ideas.
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