BATON ROUGE, La. — The Latest on a disagreement over financing for a flood-control project (all times local):

3 p.m.

Louisiana’s state treasurer is undecided about an idea to use unclaimed money the state collects on behalf of residents who are owed the cash to help finance a flood-control project.

Treasurer John Schroder said in a statement Monday he’ll consider any ideas “that do not force taxpayers to fork over any more money.” He says he’s researching if the proposal floated by his predecessor, U.S. Sen. John Kennedy, is viable.

Kennedy wants to use $150 million from the unclaimed property fund for the Comite River Diversion Canal in the Baton Rouge region. The project has been on the drawing board for three decades.

Gov. John Bel Edwards supports the project, but calls Kennedy’s idea of using unclaimed property money unrealistic.

Schroder would have to agree to the financing maneuver.


2 p.m.

The latest quarrel between Republican U.S. Sen. John Kennedy and Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards centers on a little-noticed pot of unclaimed money that Louisiana collects on behalf of residents who are owed the cash.

Kennedy wants to use $150 million from the unclaimed property fund to help finance a flood-control project in the Baton Rouge region that has been on the drawing board for three decades.

Gov. John Bel Edwards calls the idea of working on the Comite River Diversion Canal with unclaimed property money unrealistic.

It’s another clash ahead of a 2019 governor’s race that could feature Kennedy challenging Edwards for the job.

State Treasurer John Schroder, a Republican, would have to agree to the financing maneuver. As of Monday, he hadn’t commented publicly on the idea.