BATON ROUGE, La (FOX44) - GOHSEP has been on the frontline of major disasters in the State for years. Over the past 3 1/2 years - they're been activated for more than 500 days. Now - as the State deals with the deficit - there's a call to slash the agency's budget.
As it stands - GOHSEP will be working with a budget of just under $6 million in 2012. That's down from the $9.2 million they had in 2011. The legislature wants to slash another 5 percent, or $314,2777 from GOHSEP's 2012 budget.
"I just don't think they were thinking when they made these cuts", says Mark Cooper, Director of GOHSEP.
With the flooding situation is far from over, and hurricane season is just around the corner, Cooper says he's concerned about the state's safety.
"These cuts will impact our ability to assist the parishes and our ability to send teams out", he says.
If the cuts are approved, they go into effect July 1st. That means teams out in the flood fight will have to come back, and may not get sent out again in the next disaster.