House unanimously agrees to overstuffed construction budget
BATON ROUGE - An overloaded state construction budget that will leave the governor choosing which projects advance is headed to the Senate for debate after getting unanimous House support.
The budget - known as the capital outlay bill - contains about $330 million more in projects for the 2015-16 fiscal year than the state has money to spend.
Lawmakers in the House didn't seek to pare down the list, instead adding more before voting 99-0 for the bill.
The construction budget outlines spending of fees and taxes dedicated to specific projects like road repairs and coastal restoration work. Other projects rely on state borrowing.
More projects are vying for borrowing dollars than available money. That would leave the governor to decide which ones advance for lines of credit.