One by one, 50 per meeting: Panel to review every ‘statutory dedication’ in state budget

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Louisiana legislators are gearing up for another attempt at unlocking parts of the state budget that have been dedicated to pet causes over the years and largely protected from cuts.

“Every time we’ve brought up statutory dedications in the Legislature, we’ve met a load of resistance,” Rep. Rick Edmonds told a crowd at the Republican Party of East Baton Rouge Parish’s Ronald Reagan Newsmaker Luncheon on Tuesday. “We’ve failed to do this.”

Edmonds, R-Baton Rouge, is leading a new effort to review each of the state’s 344 “statutory dedications” through the Joint Budget Committee subcommittee on statutorily dedicated funds that he co-chairs. The subcommittee expects to meet after the Joint Budget Committee’s meeting later this month…

 

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