Jun 05,2007 00:00
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco has proposed $715 million in state money to direct toward the state's "Road Home" program for Hurricane Katrina recovery.
Blanco's budget officer briefed legislators Sunday on the governor's initial plan to help close a $2.9 billion to $5 billion shortfall in the Road Home budget, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported Monday.
"We've committed $4.6 billion of our own revenues to this recovery," budget official Jerry Luke LeBlanc said Sunday. "It's a fallacy (to say) that the state has not put up its own resources. Maybe they don't care about that in Washington but that's what we've done."
The executive director of the Louisiana Recovery Authority, Andy Kopplin, maintained Sunday that the shortfall was caused by bad damage estimates from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Times Picayune reported. The White House says the state inappropriately included wind damage, something typically covered by insurance, in the program.
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