BATON ROUGE,LA — The state Inspector General is fighting to keep his office open.
Stephen Street went before the Senate Finance Committee today to argue his case. The House recenlty passed a budget bill that got rid of the office and it's $1.7 million dollar budget. Opponenets say the office, which fights crime and corruption, isn't necessary. They say the state police and other agencies already do a similar job. Street disagrees.
"Closing down the office of Inspector General would be a major black eye for the state of Louisiana and a great disservice to the people who have come to believe and count on our office for the ability to have honest , open and transparent government and the ability to have that complaint addressed," says Street.
Lawmakers are still trying to figure out how to close a $268 million dollar hole in the budget. This is after the House denied the use of one-time money to balance the budget.