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Task force looking for ways to spend more on La. roads

1 year 10 months 3 weeks ago January 12, 2015 Jan 12, 2015 Monday, January 12 2015 January 12, 2015 2:08 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Melinda Deslatte

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.

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