Gov. Edwards strikes down 25 projects from state construction budget, many destined for Acadiana

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NEW IBERIA, La. (KLFY)— Iberia Parish Officials had big plans before Governor Edwards brought the hatchet to several capital outlay projects.

As Governor Edwards tries to mend the state’s budget issue, more than $44 million dollars in capital outlay cuts have been made across the state.

The Governor vetoed 25 budget items that were supposed to fund construction projects around the state.

One of the projects being cut is near $244,000 dollars which was set aside for an Iberia parish recreational complex.

State representative Terry Landry tells News 10 he isn’t upset with the governor’s decision.

“This governor ran on a pledge that he was going to change the priorities of the capital outlay monies rather than build recreation centers, which are worthwhile efforts.”

Landry tells KLFY, that it’s more about the people’s needs—than wants.

“I applaud the governor. Not that these projects are not worthy projects, but the state has to put their priorities in the right place.”

In New Iberia, Mayor Hilda Curry says they haven’t received official word from the governor’s office about the cuts, but there are rumors circulating of the frontage road project being axed.

The mayor says the city has already spent quite a bit of money on professional services clearing the area to complete the frontage road project.

“So I would be disappointed if the project was not going to take place,” said Mayor Curry, “But, I do understand that the state is in a crunch right now in that they are going to have to be some cuts. So, I hope that the frontage road project may be part of a future project.”

The governor also says, even with the vetoes, the bill still has more projects than the state can afford.

Another project that was cut was planned in Scott. The $15 million project would have extended Apollo Road about two miles all the way to Rue De Belier.

Scott’s Mayor, Purvis Morrison says the extension would have opened a lot of commerce for the community adding Scott’s Location near I-10 helps for residential and commercial growth.

In total, 25 projects were struck from the state’s multi-year construction budget, adding up to around $44 million in total.

Several of the projects cut were destined for Acadiana, including the replacement of science lab fume hoods at LSU Eunice, and a road improvement project in Vermilion Parish.

As outlay cuts take place, the governor is also looking to cut nearly $1 million from his own office.

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