A Louisiana state lawmaker has offered a bill that is intended to aid
funding efforts for roads and bridges in the state.
Rep. William Daniel IV, R-Baton Rouge, has introduced a bill that would
create a special state fund to make up for funding shortfalls for major
transportation projects in the state.
Projects that could be in line for assistance are the proposed loops
around Baton Rouge and Lafayette, as well as the completion of Interstate 49, The Advocate reported.
The Louisiana Mobility Fund would get money from deposited grants,
gifts and donations received by the state and any other revenues available,
whether local, state or federal.
A similar effort offered by Daniel failed a year ago. It called for
tripling the fee Louisiana-based truck drivers
pay each year to license their trucks.
Daniel later withdrew the bill from consideration citing opposition
from the trucking industry. It called for boosting the registration fee
for a typical, 80,000-pound, commercial vehicle to $1,512 per year to register
in the state – an increase of more than $1,000.
Daniel said he is hopeful that if his newest effort gains passage, the
fund would spur economic development throughout the state.
HB299 is in the House Transportation, Highways and Public Works