Gov. Edwards commits to restore funding for coast
NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Gov. John Bell Edwards committed Wednesday to restoring millions of dollars that Louisiana cut from coastal funding a few years ago as its budget was hemorrhaging.
Edwards told a news conference in Baton Rouge he will push lawmakers to restore the $55 million cut during the Bobby Jindal administration.
The announcement came as Edwards announced the state will fund over a quarter-of-a-billion dollars in coastal and flood protection projects over the next three years.
The projects, totaling $256.7 million, range from beach restoration on Grand Isle to “ring” levees surrounding portions of the Slidell and Lafitte areas, and portions of the proposed Morganza-to-the-Gulf levee system for Terrebonne Parish.
“We’re not going to wait on someone else to provide the protection that we all know we need and deserve,” Edwards said.
Edwards said the figure would include $120 million in spending in the current fiscal year and, “allows us to get in front of a hurricane or other natural disaster.”
Other sources of funding, including monies related to the 2010 Gulf oil spill, bring spending on projects in the current fiscal year to over than $700 million.
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