Task force looking for ways to spend more on La. roads
BATON ROUGE - Rather than offer specific recommendations for directing new cash to Louisiana's roadways, a legislatively-created task force is forwarding all the ideas it heard.
The Transportation Funding Task Force, which ends in March, isn't prioritizing proposals it submits to lawmakers, instead letting them sift through concepts to see which generate the most interest.
Among ideas included in the report approved Monday: replace the state gas tax with a sales tax on all fuels; direct more money in the construction budget to road work; and steer dollars to highways that otherwise pour into the state's "rainy day" fund.
Louisiana has a $12 billion backlog of road and bridge work.
Rep. Karen St. Germain, task force chair, says she hopes lawmakers will consider some ideas in the regular session that begins in April.
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
Despite video of prominent attorney's DWI arrest, prosecutor throws out charges
Police identify woman found shot, killed inside wrecked car
Small business owner left out in the cold after thief steals snowball...
Bold theives burglarize cars and leave messages in Pointe Coupee
Holiday Helpers hand off annual Thanksgiving dinner