$700 million yearly boost in road, bridge money proposed to Edwards
BATON ROUGE - A study group created by Gov. John Bel Edwards is recommending the state spend $700 million more annually on road and bridge work, primarily through tax and fee hikes.
The Advocate reports the panel co-chaired by state transportation secretary Shawn Wilson did not specify how much money should come from each potential funding source.
But a boost in the state gasoline tax is expected to be the main financing piece to any plan pushed by the governor.
Edwards will decide how much money to seek from lawmakers and which proposals from the transportation task force he'll propose in the regular legislative session that begins in April.
Louisiana has a $13 billion backlog of transportation repair and improvement needs. It also has a $16 billion wish list of new projects.