Lawmaker proposes increasing gas tax to fund road repairs

Lawmaker proposes increasing gas tax to fund road repairs

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A state lawmaker wants drivers to pay more for gasoline with the idea that the extra money would be used to fix local roads and traffic problems.

Whether it's pennies or closer to a dollar less, Louisiana drivers have enjoyed discounts at the pump. When the prices go up, they notice.

However, the low gas prices could take a toll on the Louisiana's highways, which are funded through the Transportation Trust Fund. Right now, one penny of the state's gasoline tax goes to local governments to help fix highways, maintain bridges and other projects.

State Senator Robert Adley has filed a bill that would increase the gasoline tax by four cents per gallon. He wants to use the extra money, which he estimates will be $120 million a year, to finance local road projects. Money is tight and repairs are running behind.

"We are at a point where the state by itself simply cannot sustain everybody else's problem. Sooner or later, they are going to have to take care of their own," said Sen. Adley, R-Benton.

While motorists have enjoyed the lower cost of gas, many of them say they would not mind a slight bump in fees if it meant a smoother ride down the road.

Senator Adley says it will be money well spent.

"We are going to make a very honest to make sure very dime of that gasoline tax is going to their roads and not back to the budget elsewhere," said Adley.

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