Louisiana governor leaves most pet projects intact in budget

Louisiana Politics

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards speaks to reporters at a briefing on the state’s efforts against the coronavirus pandemic in Baton Rouge, La., Monday, May 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has agreed to nearly all the $20 million-plus in pet projects that lawmakers inserted into this year’s budget in their special session.

The Democratic governor announced Friday that he stripped only a handful of the budget add-ons made behind the scenes by legislative leaders.

Edwards used his line-item veto to remove five legislative earmarks totaling $718,000.

The projects vetoed included dollars for the South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center, a dog park at the East Houma airbase, security cameras in Houma, a lighthouse in Madisonville and a water system project in Grant Parish.

Edwards gave little explanation for what he chose to strike from the budget.

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