Louisiana's Over-Budget Construction Plan Approved

The Louisiana state House and Senate today approved a capital construction plan for next fiscal year starting July 1 that contains $381 million more in projects than there is money to pay for them.

The author of House Bill 2, Rep. Joel Robideaux, R-Lafayette, said the version of the bill concocted by a conference committee is better than the one approved by the Senate.

The Senate version was $409 million overcommitted.

Because there are more projects than money, Governor Jindal's administration decides which projects are funded. Lawmakers are preparing to present their arguments.

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