Debate over construction priorities to start soon

With a 6 p.m. bill filing deadline approaching, it appears the Legislature will be seeing double this session when it comes to the annual construction budget.

While it’s arguably one of the most important bills lawmakers take up each year, the construction budget, known more formally as the capital outlay bill, had not yet been made public as of early this afternoon.

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Neil Abramson, D-New Orleans, said he would be filing House Bill 2 at some point today, adding that the bill will mirror the capital outlay plan the administration recently drafted. That plan helps fund a variety of infrastructure projects statewide, ranging from roads and bridges to park upgrades and water control structures…


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