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Details on plans for Saints, chicken plant demanded


Details on plans for Saints, chicken plant demanded
BATON ROUGE -- Lawmakers directed their chief auditor Monday to get them information on two big-ticket deals being discussed by the Jindal administration: a deal offered to New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson that could make him a landlord for state agencies and the state's use of $50 million to keep a chicken-processing plant in north Louisiana.


The Legislative Audit Advisory Council instructed Legislative Auditor Steve Theriot to get the details of the possible Saints deal from officials of the Superdome Commission or the governor's office. Last week, reports surfaced that part of the deal to reduce payments the state gives Benson to keep the team in New Orleans centered on Benson purchasing the Dominion Towers near the Superdome. Benson would rent space to state agencies in the New Orleans area.

Neither the state nor Saints would comment on the deal. The state is in the last two years of a $186.5 million, 10-year deal that that many lawmakers have criticized.

Sen. Edwin Murray, D-New Orleans, said he was caught off guard by the news last week and wants Theriot to get details for the council's next meeting -- or have officials of the governor's office or Dome present.

The council also wants Theriot to get details of a deal to keep a chicken-processing plant in Farmerville, a deal that Gov. Bobby Jindal has touted as a way to salvage 1,300 jobs in the financially hurting northeast Louisiana area.

The state reportedly has put up $10 million for improvements to the processing plant and $40 million -- half the purchase price -- of the Pilgrim's Pride plant. The buyer, Foster Farms of Livingston, Calif., is expected to put up the remaining $40 million. Moret has said the details of the processing plant deal are still confidential because not everything has been worked out.

The Legislature must approve both deals before they can go into effect. "We need to know all the factors of what is going to happen" on both deals, Murray said.

Earlier, William Ankner, secretary of the Department of Transportation and Development, told the audit council that the agency was lax in the past in exercising oversight of the agency's Crescent City Connection Division, the arm of the state agency that operates the toll bridge and ferry service in New Orleans.

Theriot's office, at the request of Rep. Patrick Connick, R-Harvey, conducted the audit, which uncovered sloppy record-keeping and lax oversight.

"This only comes after we lost $25 million, but better late than never, I guess," said Rep. Tony Ligi, R-Metairie, on a finding in the audit that the CCC ran up a $25 million deficit between 2004 and 2008, drawing down on $61 million reserves. "I am not sure I agree we lost $25 million," Ankner told Ligi.

Ankner said that two longtime officials of the bridge division have retired and his office in Baton Rouge is more closely monitoring practices of the CCC operations.

"We can't tell 100 percent if there are missing contracts," David Greer, director of the performance audit section in Theriot's office, told the council.

"We do not believe there are any contracts missing," he said. "I want to avoid having that question asked of me again in the future. . . . We allowed them (CCC officials) to have a lot more latitude than other (department) districts. We failed in our oversight. We didn't do our job; we are doing it now."

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Ed Anderson can be reached at eanderson@timespicayune.com or 225.342.5810.



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Added: April 21, 2009

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