Jay Dardenne: Louisiana budget messier than previously thought; tax increases on table _lowres

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Incoming Commissioner of the Division of Administration Jay Dardenne discusses the current budget crisis in Louisiana during a press conference Wednesday.

Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne hasn’t had a lot of positive things to say about the Jindal administration as he has been working to sort out the state budget crisis. But on Monday, Dardenne did have at least one good thing to report back to lawmakers who are looking to eliminate wasteful spending in state government.

When asked about about whether the state is still losing money on unused airline tickets, Dardenne said that the issue has been resolved, thanks to “the previous administration” and its work to address the problem.

“They created a better mechanism for that,” Dardenne said.

The Inspector General revealed in a 2014 report that state government agencies spent more than half a million dollars on plane tickets that were never used between July 2011 and December 2013. That followed a 2010 report that noted the same problem in state government.