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1st forum for gov. hopefuls focuses on roads, bridges

2 years 4 months 4 days ago January 16, 2015 Jan 16, 2015 Friday, January 16 2015 January 16, 2015 11:11 AM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: APNewsNow

BATON ROUGE - The four announced candidates for governor, in their first campaign forum, were in agreement that the public has lost faith in the way Louisiana uses gasoline tax money that goes into a Transportation Trust Fund.

A primary target in Friday's forum: $60 million in trust fund money the candidates say was diverted to state police.

The forum Friday in Baton Rouge featured Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle, Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne and Sen. David Vitter - all Republicans, and state Rep. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat. All agreed that some or all of the $60 million should go back to the trust fund for road and bridge improvements.

The forum was sponsored by the American Council of Engineering Companies and it also included discussions on coastal protection.

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