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Oct 25, 2010 5:14 PM by Andrea Babin

Advocacy Group Pushing Gasoline Tax Hike

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A highway advocacy group is pushing to
raise Louisiana's 20-cent gasoline tax by another 10 cents per
gallon, to pay for new roadwork and repairs.
Driving Louisiana Forward, a coalition of highway contractors,
consulting engineers and material suppliers, also wants lawmakers
to back a $3 billion bond issue. The borrowing would be paid off by
boosting car and truck registration fees.
The money would be used to trim a $12.8 billion backlog of road
and bridge projects.
As proposed, if lawmakers agreed, both issues would go to voters
to decide whether the gas tax and registration fees should be
raised.
Key lawmakers told The Advocate that the two-part package has
virtually no chance of winning legislative support, especially amid
tight finances and with 2011 being an election year.

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