Push for state gasoline tax hike scrapped due to federal windfall

By Stephanie Riegel

Rep. Jack McFarland, R-Winnfield, has dropped his plans to file a gasoline tax increase during the upcoming legislative session due, in large part, to the expected windfall in federal pandemic relief dollars headed to the state.

In a letter today, Erich Ponti, whose industry group Louisiana Coalition to Fix our Roads has been advocating for the gas tax hike, notified his members that McFarland will not be filing the legislation this session and instead “will shift his focus to identifying alternative funding sources that can garner the votes necessary for the package.”

Ponti adds, “While this shift is unexpected, we nonetheless will remain committed to our core missions, which is the greater sustainable funding for roads and bridges in our state.”

McFarland’s Government Reform in Transportation, or GRIT, Act, would have raised the state’s gasoline tax by … Continue Reading Full Story >>>

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