POSTED: Monday, November 19, 2012 - 3:00pm
UPDATED: Monday, November 19, 2012 - 6:26pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne says the state needs to dedicate more money to help boost sports tourism.
Dardenne told the Baton Rouge Press Club that Louisiana is set to host several major sporting events, including the 2013 Super Bowl in New Orleans. But he says the $6 million to pay for the party comes out of the state tourism budget.
Dardenne explained that he's currently working with legislators to find new ways to bring in funding to help pay for future events. He noted that his office needs about $5 to $0 million in annual funds to help make the state more marketable.
"This is a long term need for Louisiana,” he said. “We can't just keep lurching from event to event then when money certainly is needed, then take it in one fell swoop out of a budget, particularly out of a tourism budget."
Dardenne is considering asking legislators to increase the amount of sales tax revenue dedicated for the tourism budget or finding money in the state general fund.