Questions raised about transparency in LSU deals

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Associated Press

Posted on November 2, 2013 at 11:06 AM

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The contracts that turned over management of LSU hospitals to private companies have drawn concerns about just how much the public will know about the hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars that flow to the facilities.

The deals allow for legislative audits of public spending. But they also include sweeping clauses that allow the hospital managers to determine what's considered public record and what should be hidden.

Lawmakers and Treasurer John Kennedy have raised questions about access.

Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration, which brokered the deals, insists the contracts allow for public scrutiny of taxpayer dollars. Hospital managers say the public financing requires layers of review from federal and state officials to ensure money is spent properly.

Privatization deals for seven LSU hospitals and their clinics have taken effect so far.

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