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- Bite the Bullet - Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez says an increased fuel tax would help in capacity projects.
- Main Cost - Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez describes one of the main expenses when building new roads.
- The Biggest Challenge - Elizabeth Thomas with the Center for Planning Excellence describes the state’s biggest transportation planning challenge.
- Quick changes need to be made - Center for Planning Excellence head, Elizabeth Thomas, explains a major issue with Louisiana’s current planning process.
- Ozone Nonattainment - DOTD Secretary Sherri LeBas describes the challenges La. faces if the state fails to meet lower ozone level targets being considered by EPA.
- Road Transfer Fund - DOTD Secretary Sherri LeBas touches on a cost-sharing plan for local municipalities wanting road projects.
- Baton Rouge plans - DOTD Secretary Sherri LeBas explains current plans to alleviate Baton Rouge gridlock.
- More funding coming - DOTD Sec. Sherri LeBas describes a transportation funding source that is on the horizon.
- Transportation Infrastructure Bank - Rep. Karen St. Germain, D-Plaquemine, explains how a Transportation Infrastructure Bank will work.
- LMTA is… - Cathy Gautreaux describes the role of the La. Motor Transport Association.
- Vehicle Mileage Tax - Cathy Gautreaux explains concerns of LMTA with a vehicle mileage tax.
08/14 - Down the Road: Our Transportation Future
What should the state’s transportation priorities be?
Louisiana collects $630 million per year in federal highway dollars and 20-cents from each gallon of gasoline purchased for its own transportation fund. Louisiana’s current state budget siphons $60 million from its Transportation Trust Fund to cover costs of the Louisiana State Police. In the next 30 years, Louisiana's economic health and quality of life may be at risk because of transportation funding challenges. What should the state’s transportation priorities be? Where are the sources for funding? Is it time for a new funding stream at both the state and federal level? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on “Down the Road: Our Transportation Future” Wednesday, August 27 at 7 p.m. on LPB HD. (Record date: Tuesday, August 26.)
Louisiana has more than 61,000 miles of roadways including 16,687 miles of state highway. The system is the 11th largest in the nation. According to Sherri LeBas, Secretary of Louisiana’s Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD), “Of those sixty thousand miles, the bulk are the local’s responsibility; sixteen thousand miles are the state’s responsibility.”
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As I understood the presentation about Transportation Funding, all the money paid by tax payers to fund Transportation projects is not used for that purpose so therefore there is never enough money.
Why then would any sane taxpayer vote more taxes!?
Government needs to do a better job of managing our tax dollars before asking for more!
Posted by Cathy Troy on 09/05 at 11:36 AM
All of you seem to talk alot but not a single one of you has the guts to take any action.
For 50+ years there has been alot of talk about a loop around BR and nothing but “studies” have been done. At a very high cost at that.
It’s time someone grew a pair and got something done.
Posted by bob on 09/05 at 11:38 AM
In this video presentation, it is highlighted that money of transportation taxpayers is not being used in their favor them.
If same scenario will continue then current government will lose the support of transportation community.
Posted by ciara on 09/05 at 11:41 AM
From this program, I learned that Louisiana collects 20 cents per gallon of gasoline, but only 16 cents of that can be used for future road work; 4 cents of that money is dedicated to the TIMED program. Correct?
I also learned something about matching Federal funds. It seems some projects are matched 90% by the fed. govt. I assume DOTD will look at those projects first, given its limited budget(?)
Another comment: it seemed the program focused on the traffic congestion in and around the Baton Rouge area, and did not go further to address other statewide traffic issues.
Nevertheless, I found the program to be very informative.
Posted by Julie Allen on 09/05 at 11:43 AM
what a way to present the information..highly professional..hats off..
Posted by jack marco on 09/16 at 06:18 AM
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How can we make inroads to improve adult literacy in Louisiana and champion a joy of reading from pre-school into adulthood?
The ability to read sets the foundation of who we are and what we can be. Through reading we expand our world, learn new things and increase our base of knowledge. In fact, a parent’s reading level is the greatest factor in a child’s academic success. Children who can’t read proficiently by the third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school.
In Louisiana, 20 percent of adults are illiterate – five points higher than the national rate. How is Louisiana combatting its illiteracy problem across generational lines? How can we make inroads to improve adult literacy in Louisiana and champion a joy of reading from pre-school into adulthood?
Louisiana Public Square: The Power of Reading
looks for answers and explores the value of lifelong reading through the lens of the PBS series The Great American Read
Wednesday, August 22 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recorded Tuesday, August 14 in the Magnolia Performing Arts Pavilion at Baton Rouge Community College.)
Our panelists are:
- Linda-Marie Barrett, Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA)
- Rebecca Hamilton, MLIS; Louisiana State Librarian
- Danny Heitman; Journalist and Louisiana author
- Miranda Restovic, Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH).
- Gary Robertson; Adult Literacy Advocates
The program features interviews with John Cavalier, owner of Cavalier House Books; Gary Robertson, Executive Director of Adult Literacy Advocates; representatives from the LEH PRIME TIME intergenerational reading program, and Superintendent John White with the Louisiana Department of Education.
LPB CEO Beth Courtney and Robyn Merrick, Southern University VP of External Affairs, host the show.
Louisiana Public Square
can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF
in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio
in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO
in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.
This episode of Louisiana Public Square
is underwritten by Community Coffee’s Cash for Schools Program
, the Louisiana Forestry Association
, LSU Press
and the Southern Independent Booksellers’ Authors Round the South
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