Fewer State Construction Contracts In Future
Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne says there will be fewer construction projects in Louisiana
for the next couple of years because of budget limitations. He says the bond commission only allows the
state to borrow 6% of what funds the Revenue Estimating Conference says the state has.
Dardenne says the capital outlay bill has become more of an extensive wish list than a plan of what
the state can actually accomplish. He says just because a project is included in the construction bill
doesn’t mean it will be completed because the funds may not be available.
Dardenne says lawmakers are having to prioritize projects with what dollars they have to use for
construction. He says they didn’t want to add to college campuses’ financial burdens, so they did
not include new campus projects in this year’s construction bill.