Legislature's top budget adviser retiring in Aug.

Jul 18, 2012

The Louisiana Legislature's top financial adviser is retiring.

Legislative Fiscal Officer Gordon Monk has worked in state government for 33 years. His last day will be Aug. 8. Monk told The Advocate (http://bit.ly/NztEFS) a contentious legislative session convinced him it was time to go.

The Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget plans to name a temporary replacement on Monday. Lawmakers will pick a permanent fiscal officer when they are next in session, likely not until 2013.

The Legislative Fiscal Office analyzes revenue and spending proposals, including those proposed by the governor and those offered by legislators. Reports estimating the financial impact of proposed laws are the office's most visible work.