Inspector General pleads case to Finance Committee

Friday, May 18, 2012 - 4:50pm

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 its $1.7 million 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 hole in the budget. This is after the House denied the use of one-time money to balance the budget.

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