BATON ROUGE — Gov. John Bel Edwards stripped $44 million in projects from the state’s multiyear construction budget, saying Tuesday that Louisiana can’t afford them amid its continuing financial struggles.

Twenty-five projects were struck from the bill by the governor before he signed it, including money for LSU Eunice, Louisiana Tech University, a recreational complex in Iberia Parish, natural gas system improvements in Grant Parish, renovations to a New Orleans playground, roadwork in Caldwell Parish and water system improvements in Columbia.

The two largest items cut from the construction budget were $15 million for a road project in the city of Scott

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