Bel Edwards’ Gas Tax Running on Fumes

Longshot push for gas tax hike faces first crucial hearing

BY WILL SENTELL | wsentell@theadvocate.com

Backers of a state gasoline tax increase need something of a political miracle, and the first test is set for Tuesday in a Louisiana House committee that has been killing tax bills.

With just over four weeks left in the 2017 regular legislative session, supporters of the drive for new dollars for roads and bridges hope the longshot effort is about to get going.

The initial votes are scheduled for Tuesday in the House Ways and Means Committee, which has rejected a wide range of tax plans, including those offered by Gov. John Bel Edwards, to address state budget problems.

If the bills fail in committee that may end debate on the issue for the session.

House Transportation Committee Chairman Kenny Havard, R-St. Francisville, who had his own tax measure battered and killed by Ways and Means earlier this month, said he doubts any gas tax increase will emerge from the House.

Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Page Cortez, R-Lafayette, said Friday he too doubts there is enough support.

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One Response to “Bel Edwards’ Gas Tax Running on Fumes”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    John Edwards is the son of Frank M. Edwards, Jr.

    Bel is nowhere in his father’s name and is not part of John Edwards surname. I know you want to distinguish him from the former Senator from North Carolina, but, still. That is no more accurate than Edwin Edwards, Jr. would be.

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