U.S. Sen. David Vitter has long criticized the state’s shaky financing plans to replace Charity Hospital with a new $1.2 billion Louisiana State University-owned teaching hospital. Today the Louisiana Republican made that concern clear in a letter to  U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan urging him not to put taxpayers on the hook for the project’s costs.

The letter comes a week before a planned April 18 groundbreaking on the hospital’s Mid-City site, and one day before the City Planning Commission is due to consider a revocation of all the streets within the hospital’s footprint.