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Statehood bicentennial bash running under budget

3 years ago March 05, 2012 Mar 5, 2012 Monday, March 05 2012 Monday, March 05, 2012 10:04:10 AM CST in News
Source: Associated Press

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.

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