Governor's Task Force on Transportation Adopts Recommendations to Fix Statewide Problems
December 16, 2016
District "D" Councilmember Jared Brossett
This action is the conclusion of more than five months of meetings held throughout Louisiana as Task Force members sought solutions to the state's multimodal transportation challenges. The Task Force is scheduled to submit its resolutions and findings in a report to Governor Edwards by January 1, 2017.
NEW ORLEANS - This week, the Governor's Task Force on Transportation Infrastructure Investment unanimously adopted ten resolutions to address Louisiana's critical transportation funding and maintenance needs in a meaningful way.
The resolutions included thoughtful funding and policy recommendations to guide the Governor as he attempts to address the state's transportation needs and plan for the 2017 Legislative Session. Notably, the recommendations include an annual budget increase of $700 million for multimodal transportation projects. Some potential revenue sources for this budget increase may include public-private partnerships, payment in lieu of taxes, an increase in the sales and use tax on aviation fuel, or an increase in vehicle registration fees for the commercial trucking industry.
"The state faces a $13 billion backlog in highway and bridge maintenance needs," said District "D" Councilmember Jared Brossett. "Another $16 billion is needed to address the megaprojects listed in the Statewide Transportation Plan. One of these backlogged megaprojects includes widening the I-10 in New Orleans."
Councilmember Brossett sits on the Governor's 18-member Task Force on Transportation and Infrastructure Investment. He is one of three representatives designated by the state's eight regional economic development organizations. As Chair of the City Council's Transportation and Airport Committee, Councilmember Brossett was appointed by the Governor for his unique ability to highlight the specific needs of urban areas.
The Task Force is composed of a diverse group of bipartisan stakeholders who have the necessary expertise to develop a comprehensive report on how Louisiana can fund the backlog of transportation and infrastructure projects in both urban and rural areas across the state.
"The Governor's task force has made some difficult decisions in the past five months, but we're moving in the right direction," said Councilmember Brossett. "My ultimate goal is to develop long-term funding strategies that will have a substantive impact on transportation and economic development challenges facing the Greater New Orleans area. Projects such as widening the I-10 in New Orleans will improve safety, address congestion, and facilitate economic development. To fund this project and address the mounting transportation backlog, Louisiana has to start investing in our aging infrastructure."
For more information regarding the Governor's Task Force on Transportation Infrastructure and the adopted resolutions, click here.
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Office of District "D" Councilmember Jared C. Brossett
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