roadwork backlog

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Today we continue the conversation with Public Affairs Research Council president Robert Travis Scott, looking into the proposed constitutional amendments on the October 14th ballot.

Amendment 3 sets up a new dedicated fund for transportation construction.


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“I want to say a few words to those who actively worked in opposition to raising the gas tax – ever: this nonsense has hurt the state,” Baton Rouge Representative Steve Carter said when withdrawing his gasoline tax bill from consideration this past spring, effectively calling some of his fellow lawmakers shortsighted.

The tax revenue would have helped with the $13-billion backlog of deferred highway and bridge maintenance.


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“Anybody in here like taxes? Raise your hand! I’m a Republican. I don’t like taxes, but in this particular case, I like the tax,” Baton Rouge Representative Steve Carter said, referring to his bill earlier this year, which would have raised the gasoline tax. He’s still irritated that House leadership rebuffed that measure.


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“Our highway needs over the next 30 years will equate to about $26.8-billion. Our bridge needs? Over $9-billion over the next 30 years,” Louisiana DOTD Secretary Shawn Wilson told a House Appropriations subcommittee Thursday.


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With their report due January first, the Governor’s Task Force on Transportation Infrastructure Investment is finalizing their suggestions for reducing the state’s $13-billion backlog of road work.


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With the second highest car insurance rates in the nation and the third worst-rated highways, according to the latest national report by carinsurance.com, sometimes it seems like Louisiana’s roads are mostly potholes loosely held together with asphalt patches.

“It’s obvious that existing revenue sources aren’t going to get for us more than we’ve been getting and if we wait for the Easter Bunny or the Tooth Fairy to deliver these infrastructure projects, that’s never going to happen,” Governor John Bel Edwards said.