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Legislators want to hold back $50M from sewer and water projects

Dec 14, 2022

Lawmakers on Louisiana’s Water Sector Commission recommended the state hold off on allocating the entire $450 million set aside for local water and sewer upgrades this year, citing concerns that the money would not be spent evenly across the state.  

The legislators disagreed with Gov. John Bel Edwards’ administration over where to distribute the funding and voted Monday to withhold $50 million from projects the governor’s team recommended. 

They cut support for the consolidation of 10 sewer systems near the city of Amite from $45 million to $5 million and reduced money for a St. Tammany Parish sewer upgrade from $14.7 million to $5 million. Lawmakers also voted to keep another $48 million in reserves to deal with potential project cost overruns. In all, they recommended Louisiana spend $355 million on 106 projects. 

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