House Give Approval to $113 Million Capital Construction Program
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House Gives Approval To $113 Million Capital Construction Program By John Hill Times Capital Bureau BATON ROC/GE — The House approved without change Gov. Edwin Edwards' proposed $113.4 million capital improvements program — the largest, pay-as- you-go pie ever to be sliced for local projects — without making a single dollar change. The building pie includes a $6 million slice for a new foot-ball stadium at Northeast Louisiana University at Monroe, ,,$3 million for renovations at Shreveport's Confederate Memorial .Hospital, $3, million for a student center at LSU's Shreveport campus and $1.7 million for a fine arts building and an overpass at Grambling University. The House approved the measure 89-10 after Rep, Jimmy Long of Natchitoches moved to shut off debate. A group of New Orleans legislators asked the House to cut out $50 million of phe projects to create a Natural Resources Trust Fund desig-ned to replace eventually dwindling state revenue from oil and gas severance taxes. But the House members rejected that idea — presen-ted by Rep. Sam LeBlanc — by a 25-72 vote. Rep. Risley Triche of Napoleonville wanted to tie the architects involved in the capital improvements program to passage of the proposed architect's selection bill, but House members rejected that idea. But the House did tack on an amendment which would make the capital building program subject to the provisions — including maximum fee schedules — of the architect's selection bill, should it be passed. Triche had prepared an amendment to create a board to study priorities for the con-struction project when the House decided to end debate. "Is this the way to spend $113 million of the state's Related Stories on 2-A, 12-A money?" Triche said. "There are many things in this bill that we don't need. "They're bad and we shouldn't take them without discussion," he said. "We could sit here and see there would be no changes. "I suggest to you ladies and gentlemen that we've gone back to business as usual," Triche said. "We've eaten this watermelon and I just hope we don't have in-digestion too bad." He said the voters would react negatively to such pork-barrel appropriations made without much study. Rep. Kirby Mills of Colum-bia tried to take away money from 31 projects to ap-propriate $200,000 for a vocational - technical school at Jena, but the House rejected that idea 15-52. Rep. Carl Gunter at DeVille tried twice to limit architect's fees to five per cent. "We need to protect the people of Louisiana from the ridiculous (architect's) charges that have been made in the past," Gunter said.
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Hill, John M.
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