From The Hayride.
Friday’s fireworks on the Louisiana House floor after the body’s fiscal hawks introduced an amendment to replace the use of one-time money with a menu of budget cuts the Jindal administration could choose from in order to close a $267 million hole made for some extremely interesting viewing, and we’re offering up some highlights from the debate here.
If you watch nothing else from the action, though, the speech of House Appropriations chairman Jim Fannin (D-Jonesboro) deserves a look – because Fannin’s appearance on the floor set the stage for everything else that went on Friday.
In the speech, Fannin ripped into the fiscal conservatives seeking to present those optional cuts – he said doing so was an abandonment of the House’s authority, and that abandonment would result in people back home in each member’s districts being hurt. That result, he said, would cause those members to lose re-election.