|Jump to full article: Associated Press (AP), 1998-11-23|
Author: ALAN SAYRE
Provided all goes as planned, Louisiana will come into $4.4 billion over the next 25 years . . .
The cash to the state is just that: unrestricted money that will be deposited into the general fund, where the cash can be appropriated for anything -- wisely or not.
Attorney General Richard Ieyoub, the chief legal officer in a state where high rates of smoking and cancer run hand-in-hand, said last week that it's important that the money be earmarked for medical research, education and other areas to fight tobacco-related illnesses.
Ieyoub was the first to admit that there's no guarantee what will happen with the money once the Legislature gets its hands on it.
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