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We've collected a stories about the 2015 Louisiana Legislative Session. What new bill is coming up for a vote? How are lawmakers doing in protecting higher education and health care from cuts? What other initiatives are in the works for Louisiana? Find them here.

Fewer State Construction Contracts In Future

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State contracts will slow down for the near 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.