BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The incoming transportation secretary for Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards says Louisiana’s backlog of road and bridge work is nearing $13 billion. A transportation advisory group assembled by Edwards says new taxes or fees likely will be needed to whittle down that gap.
Shawn Wilson says he doesn’t expect the governor-elect to recommend transportation tax and fee hikes in his agenda for an upcoming special legislative session.
For the short term, Wilson says he expects to find modest amounts of new dollars to chip away at the backlog through stopping diversions of gasoline tax money to pay for state police.
But Wilson told the Baton Rouge Press Club on Monday that he expects the Edwards administration will talk with lawmakers about the long-term possibilities of raising taxes and fees for roadwork.