Tax hikes for roadwork begin advancing in Louisiana House
BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers tired of pothole-riddled roads, traffic congestion and a never-addressed wish list of transportation projects are considering tax hikes to raise money for roadwork.
The House Ways and Means Committee approved two proposals Tuesday that could pour billions into road and bridge improvements over the next decade: a one-cent state sales tax increase and a 10-cent state gasoline tax increase.
Both measures are sponsored by Rep. Karen St. Germain, a Democrat who chairs the House Transportation Committee and wants to tackle Louisiana's $12 billion backlog of transportation projects.
The committee agreed to the sales tax hike without objection and voted 7-3 for the gas tax. They head next to the full House for consideration.
But they are long-shots.
They require two-thirds support for passage, and Gov. Bobby Jindal opposes tax increases.