State Rep. Robert Johnson (D): Gulf Coast not on an island in terms of BP funds

Point-Counterpoint: Spending BP settlement funds

The Clarion-Ledger invited Andrew Whitehurst, water program director for the Gulf Restoration Network, and House Transportation Committee Chairman Robert Johnson, D-Natchez, to provide their thoughts on this week’s Point/Counterpoint question: How should the Legislature spend the first $150 million of BP settlement funds?

WhitehurstThe BP settlement money should go for needs on the coast where the vast majority of damage happened: where the hotels were empty, where a full commercial fishing season was cancelled and where the shrimp and oyster harvests are still reduced. The Legislature will, no doubt, offer many competing ideas for spending […]