Statehood bicentennial bash running under budget
BATON ROUGE- The big party planned to celebrate Louisiana's 200th anniversary as a state, will a lot of things, but apparently red ink is not one of them.
Randy Haynie, a Baton Rouge lobbyist who chairs the Louisiana Bicentennial Commission's finance committee, says that he is expecting $1,050,000 in revenues and anticipates $889,000 in expenses now.
He told a New Orleans newspaper not all events are planned yet. One of the ones still in the works are a ball and parade in New Orleans in early August.
Haynie says just under $528,000 had been spent and $643,394 was raised. Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne's office, the agency that oversees tourism, is using $100,000 of tourism money received from the Deepwater Horizon-BP oil spill to pay for some of the costs.