Louisiana Risks Losing Federal Highway Aid for Lack of Matching Funds

The Advocate reports that Louisiana transportation secretary Shawn Wilson is warning that his state could begin to lose federal highway aid as early as next year unless it raises more revenue for project matching funds. State House Transportation Committee Chairman Kenny Havard (R-St. Francisville) tells the newspaper, “I don’t think it is a scare tactic. I think it truly is a reality.” The article adds that Louisiana has recently relied on bridge toll credits to meet federal matching requirements, but “that funding source is expected to soon fall short, leaving the state without the needed revenue.”