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When the Louisiana Tax Commission met Wednesday, they heard arguments that went to the heart of the state’s income versus outgo problem.

"Never in the history of our industry has it been as bad in Louisiana as it is today," said Louisiana Oil and Gas Association President Don Briggs.

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"It goes from the top of the state, almost all the way to Baton Rouge, all the way over to Opelousas," says Republican Congressman Ralph Abraham in an interview with C-SPAN. 

Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne updated the Baton Rouge Press Club on the state’s money situation Monday, saying they’re still reconciling the books on the fiscal year that ended July first.


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.


Governor John Bel Edwards and state DOTD Secretary Shawn Wilson were in Lafayette Wednesday, then Baton Rouge Thursday, touting receipt of $60-million in federal FAST Act funds for highway work.