DALLAS — A proposal to scrap plans for a $1.2 billion state hospital in New Orleans in favor of a smaller, less-expensive project was outlined Thursday at a joint news conference by U.S. Sen. David Vitter, Louisiana Treasurer John Kennedy, and House Speaker Jim Tucker.

The trio said in a letter to Gov. Bobby Jindal that their plan would eliminate the need to issue $400 million of high-interest, low-rated debt to build the proposed 424-bed facility.

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