Jindal budget seeks to move $72M from roads to state police
BATON ROUGE - Despite criticism about the budgeting maneuver, Gov. Bobby Jindal proposes to divert even larger sums of state gasoline tax revenue away from road work next year to pay for state police operations.
Lawmakers on the House Appropriations Committee learned Tuesday that Jindal's budget recommendation for next year would shift $72 million in the gas tax money to cover state trooper costs, an increase of more than $5 million over this year.
It would boost the amount of money steered away from road and bridge work to $313 million over Jindal's two terms in office.
Lawmakers have complained about the fund diversion, saying drivers expect gas tax dollars to pay for road improvements. But they haven't blocked the transfers.
Louisiana has a $12 billion backlog in road and bridge work.
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