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State Treaesurer, John Kennedy and Dr. Kam Movassaghi, Executive Director of ASCE's Report Card Project.PubDate2014-08-27T12:56:00-04:00Wed, 27 Aug 2014Created2014-08-27T12:56:35-04:00Wed, 27 Aug 2014Updated2014-08-27T13:16:06-04:00Wed, 27 Aug 2014audio/mpegSTX96084690http://audio.wwl.com/hosting/media/wwl/981778/96084690/10am-garland-96082778-96084690.mp38-27 10am Garland, Louisiana roads in despair981778 PZSID_0000981778300340f7cc38f2a55fcd5b2d32fe108e424#874#1836#2052/Audio#/EZNavType/Audiohttp://audio.wwl.com/hosting/media/wwl/981778/96084690/10am-garland-96082778-96084690.mp38-27 10am Garland, Louisiana roads in despairWill roads and bridges in Louisiana ever get fixed? Louisiana has a $12 billion dollar backlog in road and bridge needs. Cries for help are coming from all over the state, but the state faces a billion-dollar-plus deficit. A legislative task force has been formed to find the answer to that familiar refrain…Garland was joined by La. State Treaesurer, John Kennedy and Dr. Kam Movassaghi, Executive Director of ASCE's Report Card Project.2014-08-27T12:56:00Z2014-08-27T13:16:06Z96084690Around round twelve noon I think say bleaching your unit buying new show interest We're gonna take a look at Borg looks like and isolated incident. Class action lawsuit. in Philadelphia prosecutors. And law enforcement. From seizing the home from people who were never been charred with the cross and and are routed it was so. Stoning to me that has said it is can be bright. Because. By law. When does office. Under these forfeiture. Procedures. You are guilty. Until proven it is. Noted record you broke what are reading or. Pizzas. Real loose later anything else. Then you have to go proved or in the students. But for. You even get a neutral court and for everything a record says you can't have it. problem that must some short work in Philadelphia. And and maybe I'm reading the wrong places are grumbling the wrong way it's all over America. And here and easy and we're gonna talk to a former prosecutor. And a board member robo organization lead. We're gonna talk to executive directive eight CO muted Tuesday report from reading me is really. On the clock pretty interesting to our board of America's most well the billion they're impeached and political. Where he basically said to his old billion under way in practice Hedlund was for What did you say to them. were headed for a funeral session. And of the don't change that now. And back from trickled down home in economic. To the middle class that having more of the end in the mix. we're gonna hit the tipping point. Where my fingers can take over. I won't hear promo liberal organization who were here for conserve. It's kind of continues. The of the group that probably four times in month. Departed to neighborhoods all in Orleans bears should been on the show talking about there of the road to org there'll lack thereof. Lake in particular thing abuse. Heading the push to get. Neighborhoods involved in tracking. The problems. Fracking. Probably occurred cry acting costs pits in front of by and Poland Monday to do. And then I thought are you the truth since I didn't hear the Jeff Francis and saying ten years and Charles. Most for his New Orleans from bush or contreras looks like it's blood problem a spectral couple has been reported statewide and they called the transportation. Funding passed And number as shown continued Jordan street state treasurer of the men who can strike and when he welcome back and show is always appreciated talk. So what's this task for. Tasked to do. I'm more money for wrote. It's not the first study group we've added you know probably won't be matched. Here's the problem. Weaved in and out India suggested solution. We have 61000. Miles from Roche in Louisiana. That's ought. on those Roche Peter maintaining them or built And Clark threw gasoline tax we have a twenty cent stake it stacks. After paying overhead that that leaves about 500 million dollars a year been wrote. We have an eighteen cent federal gasoline tax. That goes to Washington. We get some of that money back. Roughly 400 million a year. That just 900 million dollars a year. At DO TD. Just been on for a sound like it is a lot of money. We have a backlog of about twelve Here's what folks were not told. We have two road building budget should we. Not warned it the first I just talked about. There's at nine under anywhere from 700000000. And 200 million dollars year BO TD. And their wrote Bill Belichick. We have a second building but we. We refer to it is capital outlay but that's just the building And if you look at the state building but not DO TP but the state building budget. Despite the fact that we say that room which. Our car priority. We spend less than 50%. Of our stake building budget. On We have a bill that came out of the streamlining government commission. A built several years ago was defeated. It's says look we need extra money for road we've got to build some portables like force somebody. That and can't ever get out of a hole. For the next. Five year. Let's commit to spending 75%. Of our money in the states building by. That's on top of the DOT deep budget just on a when he backed channel everything. The bill was defeated. Am so so. If the legislature wants to spend more money on It did in its own building much. But let me tell you what can't spend the money on this this is these are the reason many legislate or don't wanna do that understand politics. They wanna bring home the bacon to their district. That's why we end up with projects they just some of the projects funded out of the state building but in the last few years. I'm not saying they're bad projects I'm just saying they're not rodents. We spent 1040000. Dollars to build a grand opera house in the We spent a 140000. Dollars should bear in new or at least at a subdivision called king would. To Bill King would gets around that subdivision to Kravitz subdivision. We expand here's 400000 dollars shall abide. Here's another 11 point four million dollars legislate tore podium for walking. Here we spent 400000. Dollars. Renovating their headquarters at the junior early in the war. We spent 305000. Dollars building and needed music. We spent a 150000. Dollars. Building a new community center for the town of campy. The day. Those aren't bad projects. But they're not Janet and and and leaders can't say what we need more money for roads and antibiotics we've got to raise taxes. If they're not willing to spend the money they do an John I would go back very quickly. You listed Ann Richards said nothing wrong with the kids but you were looking for money for the road which would You talked about the building of the opera helps. Residential. And bypass. Walking path. Junior league structure museum community center on what you those add up to or those. Billions millions. Those that the majority of the projects those type of the majority of the projects. In our and our captain lap might be. So the question to answer. Your public of this. Is simply the would you support a To expand for the next five years. 70%. Of the money. In our capital deal. On If the answer yes she will now. A lot of extra money not enough. But I think he could have anywhere from which undertook 5400 extra million dollars for Roche every year but outrage and But a lot of them will not vote for that. Because it means they're gonna have to give up. Some of the projects torture important they come back in their districts. You know that I've talked about them before but I am still compute. Yeah in this. To review articles and read. Believed represented two of the Europe bonding kind of sports state. Yeah we get this movie won't bore hole was simply to preserve what we. goes say the states still lacks the funding needed. To meet existing beats. And the chart and your doctor. They talk about a new bridge recruits France's rule in your roads and I think we're still talking about the north solve. Somewhere right. If if we can't maintain. What we've Why were we That's some very good question. I mean that's a very good question. Does your grass you know yes and the answer no and and I mean talks cheap and politics are. And we're having and I'm not criticizing the people on this new task force to study the problem all branch mine and they are very good people. And they're very kind of I'm sure Company study commissions that we this study wrote some mean. No we haven't won every Thursday. And at some point. Not the deal Keating building budget the state billing but. Every year from about strive for five years and 75%. Of your money on and you building He'll have a lot more But that requires. Leadership that will stand up and saying no. We we we can't build the grand opera house of the senate. We can't build you a new community sitter and your we can't build view walking. We will go spend money. And if we do it. You're talking about 5200. Million we're twelve billion dollar backlog. You see any weight can we gasoline tax to inflation and Kim green. Boost driver's license be usable. DUK and Hillary answers. The problem with gas tax is that you know that are on I mean the people the each had that dish you you fusion and cars are coming. More fuel efficient management don't have electric power he would and crying on my odd gambit will have a that the that the gasoline tax is not linked to inflation. And EPD said that it would generate more war. But the problem with all that people that are our people aren't stupid. They say you want to pay more in gasoline tax. How come you're not spending the money. On I think people would would support a gasoline tax. Not everybody but some would if they absolutely were shortened the money was going to be home But they don't believe politicians. And I don't like them. That's the tolls on the Crescent City connection into it wasn't because people. I'm sure for some what but most people's support on the to maintain that bridge except it's not going to the bridge. And and that's what this debate is really all about they'll come time in Louisiana for us to have a debate. About how we can generate more money. For our routes. Through rabbit. But what we ought to be talking about next straight up with taxpayers. Is what we're really spending our money on when we built. And it has effect less than half of the money in the state building budget. Is being spent on road. So how can it be a part. And did that I'll always wonder about the end game. I certainly. Understand the boaters from Richard one of them that feel that way too. It isolate league. The people that live there have every right not to trust the politicians have every right. Not to believe the promises. Have every right not who want to read more. So. Do we go back to gravel. Who do we do bulldozed the roads and I mean what's the in game because we're when I asked them and myself. Namely the politician. Did you put an office or is in the office doubled its debut and I'm going to going there in change this where we and war. On roads would you won't get as many gritty and I've never had a and yeah this politician from the big one I believe. What's in it. The end game to me is the first establish your party I think the party in terms of infrastructure is I don't think it's these other. The end game is and to put people office. Who will spend the money on the party. And are willing saying no to arrest. The end game is also people understanding the people like he would. Going to their legislate or they have a good morning nick out there and saying we want support Beale options states. Building on money on on the next the urged. But they also have an obligation after they did that not to go to him and asking about why we need the community's senator You can have it both like if you if you want the community center and the ropes. Then you'll have to pay our tax. There's no for an And what the problem we have and that is frankly Gorham we just don't have enough candid. Straight talk to people and that means it It is just the That and in you'll never hear discussed in this task force that we're spending. Less than half of our money on you'll hear a discussion about how we need more money right. Wheeled out questionable just been more money you can handle right. And the answer that is well. That messes with our local pop. Kennedy ever come ahead real O'Meara learned slumping here and did so again today thank you so much for the and we're doing a lot of chosen over the last couple months of bloodstream problems. In the New Orleans area but now it seems to be a stable and problem we have twelve billion dollars in back law. Our roads and bridges bed or in need of repairs or shoring up. The problem is they've already faces one point two billion dollar shortfall. So once again as they've done many in the path of the state has foreign transportation. Funding at war. a doctor some argue with the former secretary due to DO DD. Under Pulitzer. Now executive director of view American society of civil engineer report card project doctor welcome back this show good talk and. Thank you very much. Appreciate the opportunity to be the Buick. And by his subversive along this transportation. Funding house sports we've got a lot of these in the past. Any chance of this from. Actually have a new product that we can news. Love. Remember well have to have an optimistic. all that bad apple created or. Will come up with it's that recommendations. For the governor Jindal and the next that is that section. And talk that the and part of the Ford the next governor that the horrible traumatic years from now. Our. I think we have come at that time in R&R In this state we have come to it to a critical points. I'll revenues. Are such that you are not capable. All of that taking care of the basic maintenance I'm talking about that basic maintenance needs. Well we tall they bought the that auditor's report on on on patrol from the deficient bridges. Well all highways are not are not. Smoot and as a that it could be. Well we have the highest insurance automobile accident rate in the country. Absolutely that I. In the country. Recent report And which with the public and constitute. And and shall we. We've got problems and unless we get very very practice. And focus on which. Structural changes. Inadequately funded transportation in the way we spend our money in the people are for a project I think you're in for a portable hole. And we would have served and should treasurer and John Kennedy. And reported out in our capital I'll bucket. That. Were were. I think using less than 50% It is thought his side it was for five years we use 75%. it's. But if you do of that it'll keep you from funding these kind of things and adjust that shortlist. We've bonded to an opera house and yeah. A for a private community. By Pratt. Walking past. Junior league structures museums. Community centers and it goes on and on. Is is is your funding to have forced to look at can opera wildly budget though according to the treasurer. We can pull that peel a hundred million dollars a. Well I don't know certainly. And probably what was invasions on the but what we need to understand all shall DeKalb ought to pay is a mechanism. For the governor. To be able to push through. it station that he was elected bush true. That's no secret that the government towards. The ones what it governor. Until capped off a project or you want to opera is that money if you want you wonder that accent is that money. So. When Britain vetoed that and we take that away. We basically take away big governors. Draw. All cookies that ought to do with his friends. So not going to be very difficult but it would be it would it would trigger. That BP or part of the council all they want not Jews support the edge at all. The seventies and projects that it needed within a community but by archer that would this statewide significance. That would help all of so. That is politically is that usually. Received the spending. That we've we have put roads and reviews. I think over the last five or six years or mostly. Or were mostly surplus state dollars and Olympic we have been in the anymore. And federal stimulus dollars do we still have the federal stimulus dollars are orders are going to. They'll clerk search on Google brought. And and projected. One point two billion dollar shortfall. Well this year in all budgets and and our goal there are also there are no outs of this money you need an evil that they need to spend. There's only one very small all the type of all of the national level which is very idea and he competitive. And and basically that is that children or obsolete people. The last few major expenditures should be. On on on I sending back and ruled that part him me. Well that shook. As monies tripled from the previous years and this stimulus money available and that sort of what is probably the evil. Shall we be prepared very typical top. And indeed she did not with the basic maintenance projects that the Arab and I hear from both this year. For application may fall below. In in providing. Be the I actually needed at that. Forfeit that shall go out or tune is something called BB. Substitute for the shall be a problem and you refugees have been problem trying to the true picture of the basic needs. All right here's the deal will be Jim in the world of trouble twelve billion dollar of people who brought back on our roads and bridges. And say at one point two billion dollars short of money in the coming to school year which started at Lincoln law. And the capital budget that the state treasurer says we should use and at least repeat 200 million dollars to roads. Generally beat out because that what the governor used for pork. To get the legislatures. To do things he wants and and it. There is no more federal stimulus money end. We don't secure of dollars. So the legislatures put together another. Transportation funding to the forefront of trigger over the moon could come problem doctor argue as part of that passports doctor. Where do you begin to even look march let's get the moment. I am going to suggested that forced to look at this issue from separate but related. Our sites number one. Talks dropped from. What I mean but for forty years that you get away. That the transportation. Is the agency taking care Ol old rules in the woods yet I think that Kamal Ali. restriction. Of course State's budget haven't been taught them while under jurisdiction it is it is march. to respect for example Florida in nine. that only a dolphin mall until the seven belt and look at only a problem. Shall we got it into all the other rules that not all the rule sure. Interstate. Or enter regional. Significance. There collateral that the and it should be port of removal Network responsibility. Shall we need to look at that and see what we can do and obviously. When you do that duplicate response in the mobile and a little to our strong funding mechanism. To be able to take care of then. It is that the priorities they decide what to do locally and then and then is that the money. Tuesday that aren't actually. On the funding mechanism. For transportation. It's not progressive. What do you mean by that it doesn't roll with the economy. It remains constant. The sixteen being taxed that case bowls of this today. Was aborted in 1984. And hasn't changed sick. You'd talk about the league team that tax to inflation. Bought some ultimately. actually inflation or hacks to in Bellevue arts the role in in products taxable. sales. And and and basically what that would fit the act people are nonsensical act and that it Abdul crackpot got to accept it. We're real blow him a couple of minutes. so I've back beleaguered figure even more detailed but. One thing we're about the gasoline to act that would makes sense that it that rises at least with the inflation. What is your well no one of the biggest problem ball ball all the states. More and more cars or high electorate were even over the big trucks diesel. And they're using moral less fuel and when you look at who broke when you look driver whose cars and you look at cars. I've talked to each other they're gonna be using a whole lot less fuel. Even if we attracted to inflation would would still end up losing money. Yes you well absolutely court there. That's why and the national level we talk about something called teach vehicle moll for a couple. That is if you paid based on the number that use highways. Whether that comes from you GPS unit barometer well you know one problem but he didn't except on. For example we'd that is back right now. And and and you can people whatever troubles. Doctor and we're word I apologize. Because now. To me were getting into the most interest and part of that it's. Those sound like we alternatives. what we will definitely dual follow up on this and we get drew back a later date. I do so much you have good appreciated the top.Will roads and bridges in Louisiana ever get fixed? 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