Government, Business, TCA

Louisiana Regulators Allow More Truckers to Haul Hazardous Waste

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Louisiana regulators Sept. 20 allowed more companies to haul toxic waste in the state, but the Public Service Commission did not go as far as a newly passed state law demands, which will force the courts, ultimately, to decide how to handle hazardous leftovers from industry and the oilfield.

Mark Ballard | The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.)
September 22, 2017

Waterway Infrastructure Hits Shipping Companies, Opens Door to Trucks

Louisiana paddle boat bridge New Orleans Wally Gobetz/Flickr

Infrastructure on the nation’s inland waterways needs an investment boost. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers estimates $4.9 billion is needed in the next 20 years to improve locks and dams across the country.

Marissa Gamache | Special to Transport Topics
August 9, 2017
Government, TCA

'Irresponsible’ for Louisiana to Ignore Road, Bridge Needs, Sponsor of Unsuccessful Gas Tax Hike Says

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The sponsor of a failed bill to raise Louisiana’s gas tax said July 31 the state should consider other options to improve roads and bridges, including the already-stressed general fund.

Will Sentell | The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.)
August 1, 2017

Louisiana Transportation Chief Expects Key Road Projects Will Be Slowed

Louisiana Seeks Infusion of Funds to Boost Infrastructure Stuart Seeger/Flickr

The failure of efforts to boost state aid for roads and bridges means key projects statewide will be slowed, Louisiana transportation chief Shawn Wilson said.

Will Sentell | The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.)
July 11, 2017

Louisiana's Next Debate on a Higher Gas Tax? Likely 2021, at the Earliest

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The death of the push to raise Louisiana's gasoline tax not only ended the issue for 2017.

Will Sentell | The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.)
June 13, 2017

Louisiana Transportation Revamp Wins Final Legislative Approval, but Critics Say it Ensures Political Projects

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Despite charges that it will spawn politically driven road and bridge projects, the Louisiana House gave final approval to a bill aimed at improving voter confidence in transportation spending.

Will Sentell | The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.)
June 8, 2017

Louisiana's High-Profile Gas Tax Died Because of 'Toxic,' Leaderless House, Veteran Lobbyist Says

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The push to raise the state gas tax died because the Louisiana House has turned into a "toxic mix" that features a "total lack of leadership," a veteran lobbyist told allies in a memo.

Will Sentell | The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.)
June 5, 2017

Louisiana Transportation Chief Backs State’s Push for Fuel-Tax Increase


A boost in road funding stemming from a possible increase in fuel taxes would help improve the flow of goods along Louisiana’s busy, multi­modal freight corridors, the state’s chief transportation officer said this month on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
May 28, 2017

Louisiana Gas Tax Hike Comes to Life

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The drive to raise Louisiana’s gasoline tax has suddenly flickered to life, but backers now face the daunting task of rounding up a two-thirds majority in the state House amid anti-tax cries inside and outside the Legislature.

Will Sentell | The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.)
May 22, 2017

Bill to Hike Louisiana's Gas Tax by 17¢, Raise $510 Million, Clears House Committee


Opening a late session controversy, a House panel May 16 approved a bill that would raise Louisiana's gasoline tax by 17 cents per gallon, increasing state aid for roads and bridges by $510 million annually.

Will Sentell | The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.)
May 17, 2017