State Rep. Steve Riggs

State Lawmaker Criticizes Council Spending

by admin on June 17, 2011

Kentucky state Rep. Steve Riggs, D-Louisville, called on members of the Metro Council to improve regulations of their discretionary funds Friday, but warned if they don’t make satisfactory changes then state lawmakers will have to step in.

“If the policy that they come up with isn’t appropriate or has holes in it and doesn’t fit the constitution of Kentucky then we would have no choice but to make changes,” Riggs told WFPL News in a telephone interview.

The state lawmaker is concerned about a string of stories about council spending and specifically called out the practice of council members using their Neighborhood Development Funds to purchase food and other items for residents.

In his statement, Riggs alluded to an annual barbeque thrown by Councilman David Tandy, D-4, who spends approximately $5,000 for the “Willie B. Bright Community BBQ”, named after the former councilman who died while in office six years ago. [click to continue…]

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