NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Plans to hike taxes on Louisiana drivers move a step forward.
Governor John Bel Edwards' transportation task force voted December 13 to recommend that the governor attempt to increase the gas tax. The group, led by Louisiana DOTD secretary Shawn Wilson, wants the governor to use a tax hike to raise $700,000,000 for road projects. The current state gas tax is $.20 per gallon.
"If we pass $700,000,000 today and lose value next year and the year after and the year after, we're hurting Louisiana," said Louisiana DOTD Secretary Shawn Wilson. "So we're saying, what are the policy implications and what are the finance implications. Whatever we pass, I think it's important to sustain the value of that to be able to contribute."
Governor Edwards will consider the task force's recommendation. Then, he will advise legislators to craft bills.
The 2017 legislative session starts April 10.