Louisiana Transportation Secretary concerned about fewer federal transportation dollars in the future
Posted on 9/1/2018 8:57:00 AM.
Louisiana recently announced an additional 80-million in federal transportation dollars, but Transportation Secretary Shawn Wilson says the days of the state getting extra money from the feds for road improvements might stop. Wilson says the state budget has become so tight, it will be difficult for Louisiana to put up the matching dollars.
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Rep Carter proposes other ways to fund road construction
Posted on 8/2/2017 3:29:00 AM.

The author of the failed gasoline tax increase proposal says the state needs to look at other ways to repair the state’s decrepit roads and bridges. Baton Rouge Representative Steve Carter recommended a 17 cent gas tax hike, but the support was not there in the legislature.

Steve Carter, gasoline tax, transportation, road construction

Proposed gas tax hike dies without vote
Posted on 5/31/2017 4:52:00 PM.

A proposed gas tax hike was killed without a vote on the House floor, but there was still ample discussion about the attempt to raise millions of dollars to improve roads. Baton Rouge Representative Steve Carter expressed his frustration with his own party, who actively fought the legislation. He also criticized an out of state anti-tax group Americans for Prosperity, who lobbied against it.

Steve Carter, Republican Party of Louisiana, gasoline tax

House scheduled to vote on gas tax hike
Posted on 5/30/2017 8:32:00 PM.

A vote is expected Wednesday in the House to raise the state’s gasoline tax to fund more highway construction projects. State Representative Steve Carter originally called for a 17 cent a gallon hike, but he’s willing to amend it to a 10 cent increase. State Transportation Secretary Shawn Wilson says lowering the proposed tax means fewer megaprojects will be completed.

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Baton Rouge legislator has filed a bill to increase the state’s gas tax by 17 cents
Posted on 4/19/2017 12:36:00 PM.

A Baton Rouge lawmaker has filed a proposal that would increase the state’s gasoline tax by 17 cents. Louisiana motorists pay 38-cents per gallon, 20-cents in state taxes for gasoline. Representative Steve Carter says it’s been over 20 years since Louisiana increased the state tax on gasoline.

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Most Louisiana small business owners oppose an increase to the gas tax
Posted on 4/11/2017 10:52:00 AM.

Small businesses oppose increasing the state’s gasoline tax. Dawn Starns, state director of the National Federation of Independent Business, says they surveyed their members and 73% oppose a gas tax hike. Starns says small business owners want to see better roads but...

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Rep Jones files bill to increase gasoline tax
Posted on 4/5/2017 12:15:00 PM.

There’s been talk of raising the gasoline tax by as much as 17 cents a gallon in the upcoming legislative session. Franklin Representative Sam Jones believes that’s too much of a hike, but he says the state needs to invest more in transportation infrastructure.

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Survey finds the public supports raising taxes to fund some services
Posted on 3/27/2017 2:44:00 PM.

A statewide survey finds a majority of Louisiana residents support higher taxes if the tax revenues go towards public schools, colleges, health care and roads. But Director of the LSU Public Policy Research Lab, Michael Henderson, says their poll doesn’t mean taxpayers are completely fine with just higher taxes to fund government.

Michael Henderson, LSU Public Policy Research Lab, taxes, gasoline tax

Americans for Prosperity push back against proposed gasoline tax hike
Posted on 3/17/2017 5:10:00 AM.

The conservative political advocacy group, Americans for Prosperity, is pushing back against proposals to increase the state’s gasoline tax. State Director John Kay says they stand against any increase on the gasoline tax, no matter how big or small, because Louisiana taxpayers have already seen their taxes go up enough.

John Kay, Americans for Prosperity, gasoline tax, transportation

Lawmakers putting together bill to increase state's gasoline tax
Posted on 3/16/2017 5:15:00 AM.

With the legislative session approaching, lawmakers are working on a bill that would raise the state’s gasoline tax for the first time in 30 years. Democratic Representative Sam Jones of Franklin says lawmakers need to put something on the ballot to improve deteriorating roads and bridges. But he says it’s still unclear how many cents the tax would go up.

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