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La. House votes to limit diversions on gasoline tax spending

3 years 5 months 2 weeks ago Tuesday, April 28 2015 Apr 28, 2015 April 28, 2015 8:40 AM April 28, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: APNewsNow

BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana House wants to put the brakes on spending state gasoline tax money for items other than roadwork.

Lawmakers voted 92-5 Tuesday for a proposal by Rep. Terry Landry, a New Iberia Democrat, that would cap the dollars that can be diverted from the gas tax trust fund to state police operations each year.

Under Landry's bill, up to $40 million from the trust fund could be spent on state police in the fiscal year that begins July 1. A year later, that would drop to $25 million. After that, it would be limited to $10 million annually.

Louisiana has a $12 billion backlog of transportation projects. Landry called it bad policy to shift dollars away from the needed work.

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