Community college construction can sidestep Capital Outlay budget

The state Senate gave final passage Friday to a measure that would allow community and technical colleges to sidestep the state construction budget.

The Senate voted 27-4 in favor of Senate Bill 204, sending the proposal to Gov. Bobby Jindal’s desk.

“This is the bill that rebuilds technical colleges,” said state Sen. Robert Adley, R-Benton and the proposal’s sponsor.

SB204 would provide the means to fund $251.6 million in construction projects for the Louisiana Community and Technical College System. The projects include $92 million at Delgado Community College and nearly $40 million at Baton Rouge Community College.

Instead of competing with hundreds of projects for inclusion in the state construction budget, colleges would find private partners to pay for portions of the projects and borrow money from the state’s general fund for the remaining costs.