Capital Region Legislative Delegation outlines priorities
Transportation, higher education and economic development infrastructure are top priorities for the 30 state senators and representatives who compose the Capital Region Legislative Delegation, which covers a nine-parish area centered in Baton Rouge. The legislative session gets under way Monday and will close by June 4. Specifically, the delegation says it will make the following funding requests:
• $3.3 million for the Southern University Lab School renovation
• $2.4 million for the Smiley Heights Automotive Technology Center
• $10 million for widening Hooper Road from Blackwater Bayou to Joor Road
• $7.5 million for overlaying and improving La. Highway 1 from White Castle to the West Baton Rouge Parish line
• $1.09 million for the Lincoln Theater/Louisiana Black History Hall of Fame Museum project
• $2.7 million for the False River ecosystem restoration.
The delegation says its members have also discussed a number of other "priority projects" with Gov. Bobby Jindal, including development of the BREC Central Community Park and operating funds for the Capital Area Transit System, aside from what's being proposed as a tax on the April ballot; the delegation did not specify desired funding amounts.
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