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Governor candidates back allowing local tax hikes for roads

4 years 11 months 4 days ago Friday, July 31 2015 Jul 31, 2015 July 31, 2015 4:05 PM July 31, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Melinda Deslate

LAFAYETTE- Louisiana's four major candidates for governor told a packed audience of local elected officials they support giving municipalities more authority to raise their own taxes for roadwork.

The three Republicans - Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle, Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne and U.S. Sen David Vitter - and one Democrat, state Rep. John Bel Edwards, spoke Friday at a Louisiana Municipal Association luncheon in Lafayette.

The men promised to work closely with parish, city and town governments.

They said they'd back giving local governments the ability to drum up more money to patch roads, improve highways and address other transportation needs - if voters locally approve the taxes.

Edwards and Dardenne spoke of letting local governments levy their own gas tax. Angelle and Vitter didn't name a specific tax source.

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