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Local gas tax idea rebuffed by Louisiana House tax committee
from The AP
March 27, 2018 - ListenUpYall.com

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Lawmakers have spurned a proposal to allow Louisiana parishes and municipalities to raise their own gas taxes to pay for roadwork.

Rep. Steve Carter, a Baton Rouge Republican, proposed the idea after failing to get House support last year for a statewide gas tax hike. Carter says gridlock in his region is so severe that voters should get to determine if they want to enact local gas taxes to help relieve congestion.

But the House Ways and Means Committee refused to advance the proposal to the full House for consideration, snubbing the bill in an 8-7 vote against it.

Opponents said they disagreed with increasing taxes or worried about diverting money from statewide projects to a region-by-region approach.

Transportation Secretary Shawn Wilson also raised concerns.



 
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