Representative Brett Geymann (R-Moss Bluff) has authored a House Resolution (HR27) that prohibits our legislators from using one-time money to pay recurring operating expenses without a two-thirds vote. One-time money is prohibited from being used in that way according to our Louisiana Constitution yet our legislators have found ways to move that money into funds that are accessible.
One-time money is money that, once spent, will not be replaced. For example, it may be money made from the sale of a prison or other state property. This is not regular income for the state and many believe should not be relied on for regular expenses but should go toward roads, etc..
Using one-time funds has created the financial mess we’re in now and continues to contribute to the growing state budget.
By passing this resolution, Geymann expects to force our lawmakers to become “more accountable.” He has stated that they rely on that money now and it’s become an addiction to use it to cover recurring expenses.
Governor Jindal has opposed this resolution because spending this money is an easy fix to some of our budget woes. In his campaign, he promised that he would stop this bad habit in Baton Rouge. He’s currently stating that this money would help cushion the state’s deficit but other lawmakers believe it’s got to stop and spending has to be brought under control.
Please contact your representative today and ask him/her to vote “Yes” on HR27 which goes to the House Floor tomorrow, Wednesday, May 18th. You can find your representative and contact information by visiting the Louisiana Legislature website.