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Oct 18, 2010 5:52 PM by AP

LA Construction Projects Sidelined

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal's facilities planning chief says his office sidelined construction projects for this year that didn't have much money to advance the work.

That's the top way the administration decided which plans to scrap so steelmaker Nucor could get $30 million from the state construction budget.

Jerry Jones, whose office supervises state-funded building projects for the Jindal administration, says his office didn't propose money for any projects that were slated for so little funding that it wouldn't really make a dent in the work.

For example, he told lawmakers Monday that a project that will cost $10 million, but was only slated to receive $20,000, didn't make the Jindal administration list.

The Bond Commission, which meets Thursday, must agree to the spending plans before they can begin.

 

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