Lawmaker delays vote on Louisiana gas tax hike
BATON ROUGE - A Louisiana lawmaker pushing to increase Louisiana's gas tax is urging his House colleagues to consider the proposal, which so far doesn't have enough votes to win passage.
Republican Rep. Steve Carter, of Baton Rouge, delayed a scheduled vote on the tax hike bill until next week.
On Wednesday night, he told the House the tax increase - which would raise more than $500 million a year for transportation work - would help fix Louisiana's crumbling road and bridges.
Carter said: "I know it's a tough vote." But he added: "This is just too important."
Louisiana has a $13 billion backlog of road and bridge work. Carter has a short time window to persuade his colleagues to support the tax hike. Only two weeks remain in the legislative session.