DALLAS -Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is asking the Bush administration to allow the state to match billions of federal dollars spent for coastal protection efforts over 30 years rather than the three to four years in the current legislation.

Louisiana would have to provide up to $1.8 billion in matching funds by 2011, with $1.2 billion due in 2010 alone, the governor said. The state had planned to finance the match through the proceeds of revenue bonds supported by Louisiana's increased share of offshore energy royalties, but those funds won't begin flowing until 2016 at the earliest.

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