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Louisiana completes $25 million coastal project

Gov. John Bel Edwards and the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority on Tuesday announced completion of a $25 million marsh restoration project in Vermilion Parish.

Dredged sediment from Little Vermilion Bay was used to create more than 400 acres of marsh east of Freshwater Bayou Canal, officials said. The project – a partnership between CPRA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration using funding provided by the federal Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection, and Restoration Act – also involved building nine water control structures.

"Over the past year, there have been four restoration projects under construction in Cameron and Vermilion Parishes,” Edwards said. “Once complete, these projects will represent a collective investment of over $500 million in coastal restoration for Southwest Louisiana.”

Pew: Louisiana gets third-highest proportion of its revenue from federal government

Louisiana got about 43.7 percent of its state revenue from the federal government in 2017, up from 42.7 percent the prior year, according to a review of federal data by The Pew Charitable Trusts.

Louisiana had the third-highest share and was one of seven states where federal dollars are the largest source of state government revenue.

Overall, the U.S. government provided 32.4 percent of all the revenue collected by states in fiscal year 2017, Pew says, down from 32.6 percent a year earlier. Federal dollars remained the second-largest source of states’ revenue in fiscal 2017, accounting for about $639 billion, or about a third of the $1.97 trillion collected by state governments.

Delta Regional Authority to spend $6.6 million in Louisiana

The Delta Regional Authority this week announced a $2.3 million grant meant to “strengthen public infrastructure and workforce development to grow the region’s economy and create jobs.”

Also, more than $4.3 million recently was awarded to rural Louisiana communities to expand the impact of workforce development efforts through the Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities initiative, bringing the total amount of recent DRA investments in rural Louisiana to more than $6.6 million.

Sixteen new investments will provide funding for projects supporting water and sewer system improvements and industry-led workforce training programs in communities across Louisiana through DRA and other public and private resources, officials said.

The DRA is a federal-state partnership whose stated mission is to improve the quality of life for the residents of the Mississippi River Delta region.

Staff Writer

David Jacobs is a Baton Rouge-based award-winning journalist who has written about government, politics, business and culture in Louisiana for almost 15 years. He joined The Center Square in 2018.