Groups looking for state money despite budget woes
BATON ROUGE- More than 100 non-governmental organizations are asking the state to give them money.
They include the National World War II Museum seeking $27 million for a new pavilion and $150,000 for the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center; the center's application says the money will be used for cancer screenings in this region.
The groups, known as NGO's, are usually a source of controversy. Public Affairs Research Council President Robert Travis Scott says the office is not opposed to all the groups, and that Gov. Bobby Jindal has made positive steps to create more scrutiny of the process.
Gov. Jindal says the same criteria will be used this year. The main goal is to make sure the groups have statewide or regional importance.