Task force recommends gas tax change
BATON ROUGE - A transportation funding task force recommended Wednesday that an existing Louisiana state gas tax could get a boost to help deal with budget shortfalls in the state.
The task force recommended that the existing tax be tied to the consumer price index. Lawmakers said that would raise the tax rate based on inflation related to transportation costs.
The task force's report said that would equate to an extra $5.16 a year paid by each driver in the state for every one cent the tax increased.
State lawmakers are looking for ways to cover a $1.6 billion budget gap next year ahead of the upcoming legislative session. A budget plan proposed by the Jindal administration would result in deep cuts and more than 700 layoffs of state workers, while changing many tax credits from refundable to non-refundable in order to raise money.