BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu is urging senators to support a House-approved bill that would limit the use of Louisiana’s coastal protection fund.
Gov. Bobby Jindal has used the fund as a way to circumvent restrictions on the use of surplus dollars and other patchwork funds that must be spent on one-time projects. He has moved one-time cash into the protection fund to meet requirement the dollars be used on one-time projects.
Then, he takes a similar amount from the fund to plug into the state’s operating budget. In a letter to Louisiana Senate leaders, Landrieu calls the transfers inappropriate, saying they undermine the purpose of the fund.
She pushed for passage of Republican Rep. Brett Geymann’s bill that would ban such maneuvers. It awaits debate in the Senate Finance Committee.