Louisiana lawmakers discuss gas tax measure

How much are you willing to pay for better roads? Louisiana lawmakers are considering a bill that could impact how much you pay at the pump.

NBC Local 33’s Crystal Whitman has more on house bill 542 and what it could mean for infrastructure improvement.

Louisiana lawmakers are considering a bill that could raise the tax on a gallon of gas to $0.38 over the course of 12 years. 

Steve Carter is the creator of the bill and he says the bill money would be guaranteed for road repairs.  

“This will be put in a lock box only to be spend on new projects, preservations, bridges etc,” says Carter.

Driver Christopher Plain says he would consider the measure for a smoother ride. “The idea of us having a fund that goes into making better roads, it’s great in theory. I would like to see it play out,” says Plain.

But the tax wouldn’t just impact gas, it would also impact owners of hybrid or electric cars.

The bill also calls for a tax on diesel to increase by 12 cents a gallon by 2031.

Infrastructure improvement for the Crescent City was also talked about during Governor John Bel Edwards press conference. 

Mayor LeToya Cantrall called their agreement a great day for the city.

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