Transportation Trust Fund

Untangling The TTF

Jan 3, 2018
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Before being elected U.S. senator, former state Treasurer John Kennedy for several years was insistent that unlocking statutory dedications would help with what ails Louisiana’s budget.

 

"The Legislature set these funds up by a majority vote," Kennedy told Capitol Access in early 2015. "The Legislature can unset them up by a majority vote, as well."

 

But the current legislative subcommittee combing through stat deds keeps running into snarls.

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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.

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As you may have heard, we have an election coming up this month. Aside from voting on a new governor, Louisiana voters will be asked to weigh in on four proposed constitutional amendments. To help voters better understand these amendments, the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana puts out a guide every year. It just came out last week. PAR President Robert Travis Scott helps explain the story behind each amendment.


A new report from the Louisiana Legislative Auditor says revenue coming into the state’s Transportation Trust Fund is not keeping pace with the state’s highway needs.

The report, compiled for informational purposes at the request of the Legislature, states, “With a significant rise in the costs of construction, a decline in federal funds, and only modest growth in state funding, there is concern that the TTF may not be able to address the transportation infrastructure needs of the state.”

The House Appropriations Committee has advanced a bill that would keep highway dollars committed to road work by limiting how much can be shifted to State Police.

“Throughout this state, the common theme is that the legislators have raided the Transportation Trust Fund for other needs,” said New Iberia Rep. Terry Landry, in explaining reasons for authoring HB 208.

Landry said one of those reasons is not any kind of problem with the Department of Public Safety or Louisiana State Police.