DALLAS — Louisiana spent $72 million over 14 years on a failed syrup mill while receiving only scant returns from its investment, including $45 million of revenue bonds issued in 2004 by the Louisiana Agricultural Finance Authority.

A new report from the Legislative Audit Office said state expenditures include bond proceeds, $11 million in debt service, $6.4 million for salaries of state employees who helped build the facility, and $8.5 million for a rail line to move sugar cane to the mill at Lacassine in Jefferson Davis Parish.

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