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Gov. Edwards wants more construction money on roads, maintenance

10 months 1 week 18 hours ago March 16, 2016 Mar 16, 2016 Wednesday, March 16 2016 March 16, 2016 10:08 AM in News
Source: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards intends to rework Louisiana's construction budget.
    
The governor says he will steer more dollars to roadwork and repairs of existing state buildings. He says his administration is going to drop some of the smaller, local projects favored by state lawmakers for their districts.
    
It's an unusual decision for a Louisiana governor. Moving away from spending state construction dollars on local projects will lessen Edwards' ability to trade projects sought by lawmakers for votes on pieces of legislation, a common practice among governors.
    
But Edwards says the construction budget, known as the capital outlay bill, is overstuffed with hundreds of millions in projects Louisiana can't afford.
    
He says the state should prioritize transportation work and maintenance of college buildings, and he says his administration will do that.

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