Lawmaker says BP claims aren't enough for stricken residents

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Posted: Sep 29, 2011 6:32 PM by Russell Jones, Mike Steele
Updated: Sep 29, 2011 6:49 PM
Source: WBRZ

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BATON ROUGE - Louisiana may not be getting a fair shake when it comes to the BP claims process, according to some state lawmakers.

Representative Joe Harrison (R-Houma) said at a claims hearing in Baton Rouge today that hurricanes, river flooding, seafood imports and the oil spill have all taken their toll on the state.

The lack of tax revenue for the state has compounded the pain, and Harrison says people living and working on the coast can't take it anymore.

"The revenue that we once had from the industries that are affected are drastically lower than they were in the past," Harrison said today. "We're suffering through that situation with a combination of the economy."

Lawyers for the BP compensation fund claim otherwise, and say fund managers agreed to take part in a federal justice department audit to prove it.

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