Louisiana’s transportation funding model, which relies almost exclusively on a 20 cents per gallon tax on gasoline and diesel and has not been updated since 1990, does not provide enough recurring money to meet our current transportation needs, much less build the new capacity we need to handle today’s traffic and support Louisiana’s economic expansion. Our current spending only marginally covers annual maintenance of our existing roads and bridges, leading to a well-documented $12 billion backlog of transportation projects. As a result, Louisiana’s roads and bridges are consistently rated among the worst in the United States. Poor road conditions hurt Louisiana’s existing businesses and damage Louisiana’s ability to compete for new businesses in today’s global marketplace.
Bad roads inflict upon our citizens the growing daily frustration of time lost to traffic congestion, create real safety risks for all travelers, and burden the average Louisiana driver with substantial added vehicle operating costs each year. Those added operating costs are among the highest in the United States for drivers in our large and midsized cities
Improve Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) operational effectiveness.
Taxpayers are more likely to support new investments in government services when they believe their current investments are being well spent. Two ideas that deserve consideration: