The annual capital construction bill has always served a two-part purpose: First, it provides dollars for state construction projects - everything from office buildings and museums to local priorities like sewer upgrades or a new fire station. Second, it has served as an enticing carrot that the governor can dangle before legislators as a way of corralling votes on tough issues.
Number of the Day
39 - Percentage of an average teacher’s income in New Orleans that goes toward housing, making the Crescent City the 10th most unaffordable city for teachers. Federal guidelines suggest families spend no more than 30 percent of their income on housing (Source: Jarvis DeBerry via San Francisco Chronicle)