Louisiana governor, lawmakers at odds over Superdome upgrade

Louisiana News

FILE – This early Monday, Aug. 30, 2021, file photo, shows the Caesars Superdome, home of the New Orleans Saints NFL football team in New Orleans, La., after Hurricane Ida. The NFL announced Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021, that the Saints will host the Green bay Packers in Jacksonville, Fla., in a Sept. 12 season opener after being displaced by Hurricane Ida. (Max Becherer/The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate via AP)

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards’ administration is still trying to persuade legislative leaders to commit to putting up the cash for Superdome upgrades. Such improvements are central to negotiations aimed at keeping the Saints football team in New Orleans.

The Edwards administration agreed that Louisiana would steer $90 million toward the $450 million renovation project, but much of the financing still needs legislative approval. The Edwards administration is proposing that more than two-thirds of that money come from forgiving outstanding debts owed by the Superdome oversight board. But that $63 million debt forgiveness plan appears to face problems with the State Bond Commission and key legislators.

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