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  • Construction budget jammed with more projects than money

    May 26, 2015 5:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers have started advancing Louisiana's multibillion-dollar state construction budget for next year. But just because projects are in the budget bill doesn't necessarily mean they'll get money in the fiscal year that begins July 1. Gov. Bobby Jindal submitted an overloaded construction budget proposal with $258 million... more »
  • $134M proposed for 10 BP-funded oil spill recovery projects

    April 20, 2015 6:17 PM

    JACKSON, MS - The trustees overseeing $1 billion provided by BP PLC to jump-start recovery from the 2010 oil spill have proposed another 10 projects totaling $134 million. About $698 million has been spent in three previous rounds. Four projects would get $116.5 million, including $45 million to protect sea... more »
  • Ag commissioner seeks preservation of La. farmland

    July 28, 2014 4:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's top agriculture official is concerned about the loss of farmland in the state. Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain said Monday that 15,000 acres of farmland in Calcasieu and St. Charles parishes have been lost in the last year to wetlands mitigation projects. In St. Charles Parish, landowners... more »
  • Lawmakers hand Jindal decision-making on projects

    June 13, 2014 10:22 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers have given Gov. Bobby Jindal all the power to choose among their favored projects in next year's construction budget. They packed the bill so it contains $389 million more than the state has money to spend, leaving the governor to pick and choose which water system... more »
  • La. projects in $12.3 billion water projects bill

    June 10, 2014 11:20 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has signed a $12.3 billion water projects bill that will finance improvements across the nation and includes several provisions that will directly benefit Louisiana. The legislation won overwhelming support from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle in a fiercely divided Congress. The... more »
  • New law offers more room to borrow under debt cap

    May 16, 2014 4:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Efforts to put more limits on how state government spends its money had an unintended consequence, boosting the amount of money the state can borrow each year under its debt ceiling. The issue is tied to the complex way Louisiana calculates its annual cap on state debt.... more »
  • More than $400 million for area roads

    February 5, 2014 6:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state has more than $400 million invested in road projects in Baton Rouge and some of the surrounding areas. Sponsored by the Department of Transportation and Development, the "Geaux Wider" campaign has dedicated more than $340 million to I-10 and I-12 projects around Baton Rouge... more »
  • Construction changing your drive in 2014 check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 3, 2014 10:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Millions will be spent on state highways and city streets this year to ease congested roadways. A lot of big projects are set to wrap up in 2014, including the widening of Staring Ln. in the Capital City. Starring Ln. between Perkins Rd. and Highland... more »
  • $1.7 billion recommended for coastal projects

    December 30, 2013 11:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A federal report calls for $1.7 billion in coastal restoration projects for southwest Louisiana. State officials say it is encouraging, but far short of what is needed. The draft report comes from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and recommends projects in Cameron, Calcasieu, and... more »
  • The road work wish list that likely won't get done

    November 6, 2013 10:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE- People testified before lawmakers Wednesday, telling them traffic congestion is almost out of control here. They are begging for help that might not come. Money to fund the projects is hard to come by and previous efforts to obtain funds have failed. Some projects are years... more »
  • State construction projects back on track

    October 11, 2013 11:44 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Higher revenue forecasts and low interest rates have Louisiana's construction projects back on track. Louisiana had been close to its constitutional limit on debt. State Treasurer John Kennedy said the money to pay for ongoing construction was running out, with no room to borrow more.... more »
  • Ascension board projects budget surplus

    June 22, 2013 11:17 AM

    GONZALES, La. - The Ascension Parish school district expects to achieve a budget surplus for the second consecutive year. The Advocate reports the School Board has approved a 2013-14 budget that projects $201 million in general fund revenue, an increase of nearly $7 million from last year. The anticipated general... more »
  • BP agrees to pay $340 million for restoration projects

    April 30, 2013 3:02 PM

    LAFITTE - Governor Bobby Jindal announced today that BP agreed to fund approximately $340 million in restoration projects for Louisiana. It's part of the $1 billion that BP agreed to invest for early restoration of natural resources damaged by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The restoration will include... more »
  • Options eyed for Ascension road projects

    December 7, 2012 9:01 AM

    DONALDSONVILLE - Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez says he will bring to the Parish Council next week plans on how to fund traffic projects in unincorporated parts of the parish. The move comes following the overwhelming defeat of a proposed sales tax last month aimed at funding such projects.... more »
  • Central projects get backing from the governor check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 12, 2012 5:21 PM

    CENTRAL- Central leaders are hoping a new city hall project will help create a new identity for the city. The current city hall location is inside a shopping center near the corner of Sullivan Road and Hooper Road. The state bond commission is scheduled to vote on a... more »
  • Millions for transportation improvements, much spent in Baton Rouge area

    August 2, 2012 9:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana will get nearly $10 million in grants for transportation projects. Almost half will be spent in the Capital region. $2.7 million will go toward upgrading and fixing ferry vessels and terminals, one project in Iberville Parish. $1.4 million will be used to design and... more »
  • La. construction budget filled with pet projects

    June 6, 2012 6:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - With the state strapped for cash, Louisiana lawmakers turned to the state's construction budget for their pet projects. In coordination with Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration, the House and Senate piled in millions of dollars for local parks, sewage and water projects, economic development initiatives and more -... more »
  • La. borrows $350M for state construction projects

    April 24, 2012 2:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana will borrow $350 million next year for state construction projects, and the Jindal administration has proposed a list of projects to use up all that capacity and more, before lawmakers even add their own projects to the list. The state has far less money available than... more »
  • Louisiana sees surge in TV & film projects

    December 2, 2011 1:57 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - As cast and crew of the HBO television series "Treme" filmed in the French Quarter, a warehouse elsewhere bustled with stage hands prepping for production on the Will Ferrell comedy "Dog Fight" while a helicopter prepared to take flight for the shooting of the new 3-D IMAX... more »
  • Some BR road projects delayed, late

    January 31, 2011 10:19 PM

    There are about 15 projects in the East Baton Rouge Parish "Green Light Plan" that are in construction right now. According to the plan website, seven of those projects are either past deadline or behind the original schedule because of extensions. And a Metro-Council member is noticing. "Too... more »
  • EBR budget proposal making some do more with less

    November 5, 2010 10:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The budget outlook for Baton Rouge in 2011 is making some departments do more with less. Mayor-President Kip Holden delivered next year's budget to Metro Council this morning. With it, he delivered news that jobs and services will stay intact, despite operating costs coming in 2.5%... more »
  • Walker road improvements in first stages

    November 4, 2010 9:54 AM

    WALKER - The City of Walker is considering several major road projects, including improvements to major interstate interchange. Walker is in the preliminary stages of improving the interchange, and a few ideas are being considered involving Highway 447. There are three different possible layouts, all of which are on the... more »
  • Construction projects cut to fund Nucor

    October 18, 2010 5:20 PM

    Construction projects got the boot in favor of money for the Nucor steel plant in St. James Parish. Projects across the Baton Rouge area are on hold so the state can put up $30 million for Nucor. However, being on the back burner leaves some places like the... more »
  • Federal grants fund 2 La. transit projects

    October 7, 2010 8:00 AM

    A pair of Louisiana transit projects are getting more than $8 million in federal grant money. An announcement Wednesday by Sen. Mary Landrieu says Jefferson Parish will receive more than $1.1 million for replacing transit vehicles. Meanwhile, the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority will receive more than $7.4 million for... more »
  • Louisiana Capitol security to increase

    September 30, 2010 5:31 AM

    A $540,000 plan to beef up security at the Louisiana Capitol has been approved by state lawmakers. Sen. Mike Walsworth says the spending includes the purchase of digital cameras to better monitor parking areas and the construction of two manned guard shacks to regulate traffic flow at the rear of... more »
  • Third bond proposal in the works for BR

    September 8, 2010 10:12 PM

    Mayor Kip Holden surprised the Metro Council by saying he wants another bond proposal. This time, there are just improvements; no "Alive" project on the river. The mayor told the council he wants to keep this plan "lean and mean," unlike the one that failed last November, in hopes... more »
  • 'Green' projects at LSU could save thousands of dollars

    September 1, 2010 5:30 PM

    New “green” projects at LSU could save the university thousands of dollars. The school is testing a new program that automatically turns computers to power-save mode. With 6,000 computers on campus, that could save LSU more than $300,000 a year. Several buildings on campus have also switched to water-saving toilets.... more »
  • 'Twilight' fever growing in Baton Rouge

    August 26, 2010 10:34 PM

    An economic boom is on the way to Baton Rouge because of the fascination with "Twilight." Pre-production for the final movies is underway, and the buzz over vampires and werewolves is growing. Everyone is talking about "Twilight" coming to town, but most people in the Baton Rouge movie business won't... more »
  • More federal money announced for Katrina rebuilding

    August 24, 2010 1:04 PM

    Federal authorities announced more than $25 million in new projects for the rebuilding or replacement of property damaged five years ago by hurricanes Katrina and Rita, including $11 million to rebuild a student center at Xavier University in New Orleans. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Federal Emergency Management Agency... more »
  • Extra money could pay for EBR improvements

    June 9, 2010 10:18 PM

    Dozens of construction projects, worth nearly $20 million, could be in store for Baton Rouge. The money is left over from construction that has already been completed. If the Metro Council gives the okay, nearly 30 projects for the Department of Public Works would pick-up those funds that have been... more »
  • East Feliciana seeks $3M in grant for hurricane work

    May 19, 2010 6:47 AM

    The East Feliciana Police Jury has requested a $3 million Community Development Block Grant to assist the parish's recovery from hurricanes Gustav and Ike. The grant request the jury approved Tuesday includes projects in the towns of Slaughter and Jackson and the villages of Wilson and Norwood. Most of the... more »
  • State changes rules for GO Zone projects

    April 15, 2010 9:34 AM

    Changes have been made to the state's rules for developers borrowing money through the federal Gulf Opportunity Zone Act. The cap on GO Zone borrowing approval was raised from $100 million to $250 million, and developers will have to tap the money within 90 days - as opposed to the... more »
  • Judge OKs hospital projects in New Orleans

    April 1, 2010 10:05 AM

    A federal judge has ruled to allow the development of two hospitals to replace facilities damaged by Hurricane Katrina. Opponents have argued the projects would wipe out a historic neighborhood. The hospitals would be built on 25 city blocks near the French Quarter. more »
  • Mayor Kip Holden discusses bond proposal

    November 12, 2009 8:55 AM

    Mayor Kip Holden sat down with John Pastorek to explain why East Baton Rouge Parish needs the proposal passed this weekend. more »
  • Mayor of Zachary on the tax proposal

    November 11, 2009 10:23 AM

    This weekend residents will vote on Mayor Kip Holden's bond proposal. The Mayor of Zachary Henry Martinez is against it, he joined John Pastorek with why he says it's not right for the parish. more »
  • Pet Projects, ER Visits Targetted by State Committee

    September 8, 2009 5:51 PM

    A state government streamlining committee approved plans eliminating lawmaker pet projects and limiting emergency room visits for many people. The state currently spends about $20 to $50 million dollars on pet projects, also known as non-governmental organizations. Projects are sponsored by lawmakers and approved through the normal budget process... more »

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