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Feb 18, 2014 4:51 AM by AP

La. state budget adviser retiring after 39 years

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A long-time state budget adviser is retiring after more than 39 years in state government.

The Advocate reports that Ray Stockstill's last day will be Feb. 24.

As deputy commissioner for the Division of Administration, Stockstill helps Gov. Bobby Jindal craft the state spending plan each year. He frequently jumps in to the discussion at legislative hearings to clarify questions about arcane budget details.

Replacing Stockstill will be Ruth Johnson, who returned to the Jindal administration after leaving her job as secretary of the state Department of Children and Family Services to work in South Carolina.

Johnson will get a $10,000 pay bump, bringing her to Stockstill's $180,000 salary level.

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