A bill that is intended to aid funding efforts for roads and
bridges in the state won unanimous approval in the Louisiana House. The bill’s
next stop is the state Senate.
Sponsored by Rep. William Daniel IV, R-Baton Rouge, the
measure 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 Senate Transportation, Highways and Public