BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to use $210 million in surplus and one-time money to help balance next year's budget has received the backing of the State Bond Commission. The plan is a budget sleight of hand, using dollars that are limited in how they can be spent, to pay off debt early.
THIBODEAUX, La. (AP) - Early voting begins Saturday on a proposal that would add a sales tax for the construction of a $30 million jail in Lafourche Parish. Registered voters have a week to cast their ballots in advance of the May 3 election on a 0.2 percent, 30-year sales tax to build a 600-bed detention center.
VACHERIE, La. (AP) - The St. James Parish Youth Detention Center is on the market for $2.5 million following a vote by the Parish Council to declare it surplus property. The center closed June 30 because of new state regulations that would have driven up the cost to maintain the center.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A 66-acre tract along U.S. 61 has been acquired for the long-awaited Comite (KOH'-meet) River Diversion Canal project. The Amite River Basin Commission bought the land from three property owners for nearly $1.45 million.
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