Jan 12, 2011 5:55 AM by Nichole Larkey & AP
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The chairman of the commission overseeing Louisiana's 200th anniversary is asking the state's 4.4 million citizens to help pay for the celebration.
Retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honore says he'd rather not use state or federal tax money for ceremonies marking Louisiana's admission to the Union in 1812.
Honore says a dollar per person would more than cover
advertising and events over the next two years.
The celebration runs through Dec. 31, 2012. Honore says the peak will be April 30, 2012, the actual statehood bicentennial.
He told the Press Club of Baton Rouge on Monday that, so far, $25,000 has been committed. The donation was from the family
foundation of Randy Haynie, an influential state government
lobbyist in charge of raising money for the celebration.