The State of Louisiana will soon owe the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers about $100 million per year for the next 30 years for its share of the cost for New Orleans new $14.5 billion hurricane defense system. State officials, worried that this money is urgently needed for additional coastal restoration and protection projects, are asking Congress to consider waiving the debt. Although the request faces a very steep climb in a budget-conscious Congress, there is precedent in the debt forgiveness that happened after Hurricane Katrina. See article by Bob Marshall in The New Orleans Advocate.