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Transportation group pressing candidates to support gas tax

1 year 9 months 2 weeks ago August 10, 2015 Aug 10, 2015 Monday, August 10 2015 August 10, 2015 1:51 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Melinda Deslatte

BATON ROUGE - A transportation advocacy group says Louisiana's next governor should back an increase in the state's gasoline tax, to help shrink the state's backlog of infrastructure needs, fill potholes and ease traffic.

Louisiana has a backlog of highway and bridge improvements and repairs that tops $12 billion.

The Louisiana Good Roads and Transportation Association recommended Monday at least a 10-cent hike to the state's 20-cent gas tax, to raise $250 million to $280 million annually.

Ken Perret, president of the association, says the dollars raised should be earmarked to transportation projects.

None of the state's four major gubernatorial candidates has committed to support a gas tax hike. But they have indicated they'd back something similar to the transportation group's second recommendation, to let local governments raise taxes locally for transportation work.

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