John Bel Edwards on Technology
Gas tax to pay for transportation and coastal infrastructure
Louisiana is ranked last in the nation for state investment in transportation. One of the problems is that the value of our gas tax has plummeted over the years. There has not been an increase in state fuel tax revenue since 1989, resulting in a
56 percent reduction in buying power from inflation alone. We've got to restore the value of our gas tax if we expect to make any headway on improving our infrastructure. Otherwise, we'll continue to lag behind and our roads and bridges will be
clogged with traffic congestion.
I urge you to take a serious look at what we can do to better invest in our state's roads, bridges and ports going forward.
One of the easiest decisions you can make this session is passing the 2017 Coastal Master
Plan and the Coastal Annual Plan. We are in a race against time to save our coast, and the difference between success and failure lies in the quickness of our response and the boldness of our actions.
Source: 2017 Louisiana State of the State address
, Apr 10, 2017
Cut $7B in tax giveaways which cause unsafe roads & bridges
Edwards stressed his plans to fairly cut the unproductive portions of the nearly $7 billion in annual tax giveaways so that, "we can address the structural problems in our budget and end the practice of putting a
band-aid on this serious problem which is now causing our roads and bridges to be less safe, our hospital emergency rooms to close, and our students to pay 90% more tuition than when Bobby Jindal took office.
Source: Response to 2015 Louisiana State of the State address
, Sep 9, 2015
Legislate how personal information is used on the Internet
Edwards indicated support for the following principles regarding technology and communication.
Source: 2006 State Congressional National Political Awareness Test
, Nov 1, 2006
- Continue the moratorium on Internet taxation.
Support strict penalties for Internet crimes (e.g. hacking, identity theft, worms/viruses).
- Support legislation to detail how personal information can be collected and used on the Internet.
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