Large state gas tax increase proposed

A Baton Rouge lawmaker and others are preparing legislation to increase the state’s gasoline tax by up to 17 cents per gallon, which would raise more than $500 million annually for roads and bridges.

“We have to do something,” state Rep. Steve Carter, R-Baton Rouge said in an interview Wednesday.

In addition, an ally of Gov. John Bel Edwards said he is considering a gas tax hike that, if approved by the Legislature, would have to be endorsed by voters to take effect…


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