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Governor vetoes 40 projects in Louisiana construction budget

8 months 1 week 6 days ago Thursday, June 07 2018 Jun 7, 2018 June 07, 2018 5:45 AM June 07, 2018 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. John Bel Edwards has stripped 40 projects from Louisiana's $3.6 billion construction budget before signing it into law.

The governor's office announced the line-item vetoes Wednesday, describing the removal of $39 million in local projects as a prioritization of Louisiana's limited construction dollars. Most of the projects jettisoned by Edwards are located in parishes represented by Republicans who often vote at odds with the Democratic governor.

Vetoed projects include dollars for road work in Acadia, St. Landry, Iberia and Vermilion parishes. A $12 million road extension in Lafayette was stripped. The Port of Iberia won't get road money.

Jackson Parish won't get funds for a livestock pavilion. Drainage work in Iberia, Vermilion and Rapides parishes was jettisoned, along with a Bossier Parish street lighting project.

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