Louisiana Funding Task Force Likely to Call for Gas Tax Hike

The Advocate (Baton Rouge) reports, “A $700 million yearly hike in state transportation spending would be a practical way to tackle Louisiana’s road and bridge problems, state Transportation and Development Secretary Shawn Wilson said Monday [November 28].” The report adds, “Wilson made his comments three days before a key meeting of Gov. John Bel Edwards’ transportation task force, which is supposed to come up with ways to solve the state’s $13 billion backlog of road and bridge needs and other issues.” The report cites a hike in the gas tax as the likely funding option, but does not mention tolling.