Lawmakers won't intervene in Landry, Edwards budget dispute
BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers are refusing to intervene in the latest budget dispute between Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration and Attorney General Jeff Landry.
Members of the joint House and Senate budget committee heard the disagreement Friday and told the two sides to go work it out on their own.
Landry has complained to lawmakers that two of his budget requests have been stalled by the Edwards administration, rather than advanced to the joint budget committee for consideration. The attorney general has suggested the delay was politically motivated.
Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne said the requests were denied based on policy and legal decisions, not politics.
Landry wants to beef up his office's spending on Medicaid fraud investigations, and he's seeking state money from another agency to defend Louisiana's new abortion laws.