Louisiana Political News Wire
Jindal signs state construction budget without any line-item vetoes
Baton Rouge -- The state's construction budget for next year and a set of bills aimed at speeding the cleanup of lands damaged by old oil and gas drilling were signed Wednesday by Gov. Bobby Jindal. So far, the governor has signed 777 of the 886 bills the Louisiana Legislature sent him this session. Jindal has vetoed 12 bills. In signing the construction budget in House Bill 2, Jindal did not issue any line-item vetoes. The entire $4.3 billion, multiyear spending plan calls for about $120 million more in new projects next year than there will be money to pay for them. That means legislators and others pushing for specific projects will have to make their case to the State Bond Commission in hopes their items will be included in the $350 million in new financing that will be approved next year.
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