Lake Charles Representative Resigns Seat On One Committee To Further Commit To Another
A Louisiana Representative has given up his position on a state House committee to devote more time to reforming the state budget.
In a letter to House Speaker Chuck Kleckley, Lake Charles Representative Brett Geymann resigned his seat on the state House Natural Resources Committee to spend more time on the state House Appropriations Committee.
As I finish out my twelve year career, I just wanted to make sure that I had the time available to spend working on the budget reform because I just believe it's the number one priority for us to fix.
Geymann identifies himself as one of the Fiscal Hawks, a group of conservative legislators who tried to strip so called one-time money out of the state budget. Geymann is very disappointed with the budget that was just passed by the Louisiana Legislature and signed by the governor.
We continue to do the things that we've done in the past and we continue to use one-time money for recurring expenses. And we continue to violate the constitution when we do that.
Geymann and his Fiscal Hawks ran afoul of the Louisiana Senate and Governor Bobby Jindal in their effort to eliminate one-time money last session. Most of that money was eventually restored over their objections. Geymann says its time to change our way of funding the budget and he's willing to do whatever it takes to reach that goal.