Of the 433 state-created boards, commissions or other entities that responded to requests for information from the legislative auditor's office, 277 pay per diem, salaries and travel for board members at an annual cost of roughly $6.5 million.
Those are some of the findings of a recent report from the auditor's office that lists 492 state-created commissions, up 45 percent over the past 20 years, according to The Advocate. In 1992, there were 338 of such groups, a number that has drastically increased despite attempts by the Legislature to weed out unnecessary boards.
The auditor's report tried to detail the total spending of the nearly 500 entities, but 44 of those did not respond to requests for information as required by state law:
At least five of the groups created during 2010 or earlier have never been fully organized or are not functioning and should be considered by the Legislature and/or Governor's Office for elimination, the report from Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera's office found.
The five are Drug Free Schools and Communities, an arm of a governor's advisory council; the Concordia Parish Port Commission; the Vidalia Port Commission; the Post Employment Benefits Trust Fund; and the North Bossier Levee and Drainage District Board of Commissioners.
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