Louisiana Task Force Recommends P3s and Tolls as Funding Tools for Multi-Billion Infrastructure Renewal Program

The Advocate (Baton Rouge) reports that Governor John Bel Edwards’ Task Force on Transportation Infrastructure Investment adopted resolutions on November 9 endorsing two methods of financing state transportation projects such as a new $1 billion, I-10 Mississippi River bridge: public/private partnerships, “to help finance costly plans,” and tolls, “which are often discussed but rarely used in Louisiana.” Both methods will probably supplement a state gas tax increase that the task force is scheduled to consider in December. The newspaper adds that Governor Edwards “is expected to make transportation a key issue for the 2017 regular legislative session.”