House set to vote on capital outlay budget

BATON ROUGE, LA (WVUE) - Louisiana lawmakers are expected to vote on the state's capital outlay budget Monday afternoon.

The budget will send hundreds of millions of dollars to projects across the state.

With the state's current budget crisis, organizations and buildings in need of improvement or repair are hoping lawmakers pick them to receive those capital funds this year.

In it's current form, House Bill 2 would send hundreds of million dollars to projects across the state.

Some of the projects that could receive funding include improvements to state buildings and roofs, and making them more accessible for the disabled.

Historically, many projects in capital outlays do not receive their approved funding due to budget constraints, but it still shows what the state's priorities are.

Girl Scouts Louisiana East recently raised concerns when their improvement project that has been in the capital outlay budget for the last three years was dropped while funding for the boy scouts was made a priority.

Representative Julie Stokes of Kenner is expected to request an amendment that would add that girl scout funding back into the capital outlay budget.

If passed, the capital outlay would also have to be approved by the Senate and Governor John Bel Edwards.

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