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Listening tour for budget reform stops in Monroe

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Some lawmakers are saying the state budget process needs to be revamped  and the group brought its case to Monroe as part of a state-wide listening tour.

The group says the fundamentals of the state's budget are broken. Monroe representative Jay Morris is one of the charter members of the campaign. "Our core group is not necessarily about deciding how to spend money but rather the process in which we make those decisions," said State Representative Jay Morris.

Morris says the budget process can be chaotic and for the past four years has resulted in mid-year cuts. He and the four other lawmakers present say mending the budget process won't be an easy fix, but its fixable.

"We're here to reform the process give legislators more information to base their decision and have a cleaner more reasoned approach to appropriating money," said Morris.

The group says its top goal is to make the process of creating the budget more transparent. Several local government, education, and concerned citizens were in the audience. "I think there is a groundswell of positive enthusiasm for reforming the process so that it makes more sense," said Morris.

The campaign will put out a set of reforms in January based on the feedback it gets from across the state.

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