Baton Rouge area legislators have been negotiating behind closed doors with the governor for more spending on roads and bridges, particularly on Interstates 10 and 12. Some members of the local delegation have joined with members of the black caucus to form a coalition with enough votes to hold up passage of House Bill 3, the legal instrument that allows state government to borrow money for construction projects.
Participants in meetings in the governorís suite of offices on the fourth floor of the State Capitol have remained closemouthed about the talks.
House Speaker Jim Tucker, R-Terrytown, said Friday that HB3 would likely come up for another vote on Monday or Tuesday. The last time the House voted on the measure, it failed to attract the two-thirds majority needed to pass.