Lawmakers want to reallocate hurricane money

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Posted: Mar 11, 2010 3:58 PM by Associated Press

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Topics: hurricane, Katrina, Rita, federal aid, LRA, Louisiana Recovery Authority, 2005, storms, grant

State recovery leaders and lawmakers are trying to decide how to spend the federal aid dollars remaining to cope with the destruction of hurricanes Katrina and Rita. But first, they have to agree on how much money remains.

The state received $13.4 billion in federal block grant aid after the 2005 hurricanes, with the large portion earmarked by the Louisiana Recovery Authority for housing assistance and rebuilding programs. More than $3 billion remains unspent.

Lawmakers on the LRA's governing board said Thursday they want to send remaining money to local governments to spend on their own.

But LRA Executive Director Robin Keegan says most of that money is under contract or tied to specific projects.

The LRA board asked Keegan for more details in April on what money can be reallocated.

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