Lawmakers load Louisiana budget with pet projects
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – With a surprising post-pandemic push in tax collection, Louisiana lawmakers have packed the state budget with tens of millions of dollars in pet projects decided by legislative leaders in closed-door negotiations.
The budget sent to Governor John Bel Edwards for the fiscal year that begins July 1 contains at least $ 49 million in allocations for local parks, museums, towns and villages, sports complexes, agencies for purpose non-profit and parish road works. In addition, an additional $ 27 million in unspent tax collections from the current fiscal year has also been directed to similar add-ons.