New Orleans’ future depends on coastal restoration, but where’s the money?

The finalists among the slogan contest run by the Dirty Coast clothing store to commemorate Hurricane Katrina’s anniversary sum up the hopes of many South Louisiana residents: "Keep Land in Our Wetlands," "Save the Boot," "The World Needs More Louisiana," "Let The River Run Through It," "Greaux the Delta, Greaux Our Home."

Those demands are the ones the state Legislature has recognized by supporting the state’s Master Plan , a $50 billion, 50-year outline that split its proposed resources between coastal restoration and flood protection.

But even state officials acknowledge they picked the $50 billion price tag because that’s the most […]