Louisiana Senators Mary Landrieu and David Vitter have requested a combined $4.9 billion in federal earmarks for Louisiana projects for the fiscal year 2010. Landrieu’s list totals $3.8 billion; Vitter’s $1.1 billion. Last year, the nonprofit Taxpayers for Common Sense , which is opposed to earmark sending, ranked Vitter fifth and Landrieu third among senators in inserting earmarks. Louisiana ranked eighth among states receiving the most earmark funds. Here’s a list of the FY 2010 projects requested by Vitter and Landrieu for Lafayette Parish.
-$400,000 to Lafayette Consolidated Government for a mobile data terminal and mobile radio replacements
-$2,500,000 to Lafayette Consolidated Government for drinking water distribution line relocations and sanitary sewerage collection system relocations and upgrades
-$1,400,000 to C&C Technologies to develop sensor enhancements for the Navy’s semi-submersive UUV
-$2,000,000 to the Lafayette Airport Commission for infrastructure construction
-$1,500,000 to Dr. Robert Stewart (UL-Lafayette VP of Research) to study ways carbon-rich waste streams can be used to support the growing renewable fuels and chemicals industry within the U.S.
-$15,660,000 to Lafayette Consolidated Government for relocating drinking water distribution lines and sewerage collection systems in advance of the state’s Verot school road widening project.
-Landrieu also has several earmark requests (totaling more than $90 million) for multi-parish projects related to water management and maintenance in the Atchafalaya Basin
Frank’s Casing Crew, now doing business as Frank’s International, will make its final appearance on ABiz’s list of the Top 50 Privately Held Companies in Acadiana this year, and once again, it will likely be at the top with more than $1 billion in annual revenues. The 75-year-old company specializing in tubular fabrication and installation services to the oil and gas industry plans to go public this year.
The defeat, or rather highjacking of House Bill 420 in the final days of this year's Legislative Session, say Reps. Vincent Pierre and Terry Landry, is the result of the propaganda spread by one unidentified local media outlet and an unnamed former state Representative, but nothing to do with the original legislation's lack of checks, balances or details.
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