Bills would steer money to road projects
BATON ROUGE - A package of bills aimed at steering more money to road repairs and bridge work across Louisiana is edging nearer to final legislative passage.
The proposals by Sen. Robert Adley, the Senate transportation committee chairman, are an effort to chip away at the state's $12 billion backlog of transportation needs.
The constitutional amendments would change the rules of the state's "rainy day" fund to help provide more financing for roadwork.
They would steer dollars that currently would go into the rainy day fund instead to transportation work, generating an estimated $21 million over the next five years for projects - but much more in later years.
The Senate-approved bills won support Monday in the House budget committee and head to the full House for consideration. They would need voter approval.