BATON ROUGE — Louisiana’s multibillion-dollar road and bridge work backlog, highways riddled with potholes and the crippling traffic around the state’s capital city are driving a new push to hike the state gasoline tax.

The tax increase will be debated in the legislative session that begins April 10.

“We have not raised the gasoline tax in over 20 years, so the value of the tax that you’re paying is now worth about 7 cents, so we can’t do the things we need to do,” said Rep. Steve Carter, a Baton Rouge Republican who supports raising the tax.

The Backlog

Louisiana has a $13 billion

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