Covering Louisiana

Nov 15, 2012 5:18 PM by AP

$179M in construction projects backed for funding

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - More than $179 million in state construction projects will move ahead after a key money panel approved the list of spending plans submitted by Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration.

The projects, supported Thursday by the Bond Commission, include upgrades to the New Orleans sports arena, roofing and ventilation work at public colleges and highway repairs and widening.

Also approved were dozens of pet projects for lawmakers, including sports facility construction, playground improvements, levee work and wastewater system upgrades.

Lawmakers piled millions more in the construction budget - called the "capital outlay" bill - than the state can spend in the fiscal year that started July 1.

That left the governor's office to decide which projects advanced, since it submits the list to the Bond Commission for cash lines of credit.

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