Two proposed tax increases to benefit state roads pass House committee
Posted on 5/5/2015 11:55:00 AM.
The House Ways and Means Committee approved two proposed tax increases by Plaquemine Representative Karen St. Germain to help fund road and bridge projects in the state.  There is currently a $12 billion backlog of road improvements in the state.  

St. Germain says Louisianians expect their roads to be properly maintained.
"You can't get to the hospital and you can't get to school without a road.  And one that is actually usable."

The current gas tax in Louisiana is 20-cents per gallon.  HB 777 was amended to raise the tax by 10-cents per gallon.  St. Germain says that could generate up to $300 million for road and bridge improvements.  She says improved roadways will also benefit the state's business and industry.

"If you even travel through the economic corridors of this state and you are trying to get to work and come home, it is an arduous task."

The last gas tax increase in Louisiana was in 1984.  HB 778 increases the state's sales tax by one percent with those revenues going toward specific highway projects.  Both bills will now go to the House floor for debate.  St. Germain says the state has waited too long to address this issue.

"We kicked the can down the road, but we lost it in a pot hole and we can't get the can out." 
Karen St. Germain, Louisiana, House Ways and Means, roads, bridges

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