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Louisiana Transportation Secretary Shawn Wilson updates his quest to improve state roads and bridges. Colonel Rob Maness, Republican, and talk show host Tony Brown talk about the legacy of John McCain and the fate of President Trump.


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Traffic may be slower than normal on the interstate in Baton Rouge over the next few days. Starting Friday, Feb. 16, crews will be out surveying I-10 from the Mississippi River Bridge to Essen Lane. It's part of the state’s proposal to widen the notoriously congested roadway. 

Untangling The TTF

Jan 3, 2018
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Before being elected U.S. senator, former state Treasurer John Kennedy for several years was insistent that unlocking statutory dedications would help with what ails Louisiana’s budget.

 

"The Legislature set these funds up by a majority vote," Kennedy told Capitol Access in early 2015. "The Legislature can unset them up by a majority vote, as well."

 

But the current legislative subcommittee combing through stat deds keeps running into snarls.

Wheelbarrow of Needs; Thimble of Money

Oct 13, 2017
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Louisiana’s House and Senate Transportation committees have spent the past couple of weeks on the road, seeing and hearing firsthand what needs to be done around the state.

“What we heard loud and clear was the locals really know what they need, and if you can’t get it done then let us do it. Let us get a local option,” Joint Transportation chair Page Cortez said.


Shift Happens

Sep 4, 2017
LA DOTD

A crucial part of recovery from Harvey involves making sure southwest Louisiana’s roads and bridges are safe for travel.

“We’ve got closures because of washouts on our system, and bridges that -- after any event like this -- we have to inspect,” says DOTD Secretary Shawn Wilson.


Fiscal Myopia: Future Planning? "We Should Do That"

Aug 18, 2017
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Now that we’ve established that many state lawmakers suffer from fiscal myopia, are they doing any envisioning – however fuzzy the view – toward Louisiana’s future? Representative Steve Carter, a Baton Rouge Republican, says it’s not the first time he’s been asked that question.


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“The only hole we’re going to fill with new dollars in transportation is a pothole,” Shawn Wilson, Governor-elect John Bel Edwards’ pick for state Transportation Secretary told the Baton Rouge Press Club Monday.

Wilson made it clear that the $12-billion backlog in roadwork means money dedicated to transportation infrastructure can no longer be siphoned off for other uses. He also said reducing the backlog is going to require a hike in fuel taxes.