Government watch group speaks at BR Press Club about state budget crisis

Government watch group speaks at BR Press Club about state budget crisis

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A government watch group spoke about the state's budget crisis at the Baton Rouge Press Club Monday.

The Council for a Better Louisiana (CABL) said to expect closures and when there's no fluff, you must cut the program or service.

"I don't know how much more you can squeeze out of the budget and the agencies as they are right now," Barry Erwin, executive director of CABL. "Unless we tell these agencies there is something you are doing that we're not gonna pay for anymore. You need to stop doing it. When you stop doing it, you lose the expense and you save money."

Erwin said the last time Louisiana faced this kind of crisis was when the oil industry tanked and Buddy Roemer was governor.

Erwin said some closures were not permanent, but helped ends meet for a short time.

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