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1-25-13 1:10pm State Representative Pat Connick

Jan 25, 2013|

Spud talks with state representative Pat Connick about the ongoing issue of the tolls on the Crescent City Connection.

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Today you have. Added video what a beautiful day it's going to be a beautiful weekend. I'm -- Monica -- off. And get ready for the simple we'll talk about that -- and -- program they got a whole bunch of stuff -- -- popular talk about. Got a good truth -- -- stick around 6018786680. -- heroic seven is appropriate line. And of course it's emanates that is where he -- an -- text message were gonna start out today. Where. Noon -- noon. -- If I was any better at these computers elsewhere to get a -- lot of work. -- -- -- It is collecting tolls on both sides of the Crescent City connection a fair way to make sure everyone pays for the use of the bridge yes or no. Joining me right now state representative pat comic from the best -- say that pat has gone I don't do well I'm five thanks for joining us today it's a beautiful day on both sides of the river and it's too bad we got this crowbar and appealing us apart over -- yeah. Basically. We're still waiting for the the the recount on the CCC two holes to deal with eighteen votes in the last minute turn ends and all that all that quagmire has gone on there. But you are proposing a piece of legislation that would put tolls on the on -- the eastbound on ramps. Because. Those people use the bridge to let slip let's -- -- let's pick up where we got on the on a recount of the told where where they -- I -- let me be clear I'm against the -- in all fought fought against the -- and in right now is likely lost. Eighteen builds an inept. It is that the recount changes the vote and then this proposal will be dropped immediately. But the other side of the corners if we're stuck with -- For twenty years then we have to make sure that. Everybody uses that structure on both sides pitches and -- to improve the situation it's it's it's there it. And then the -- Was to -- continue the tilts. But a big finger was pointed at a lot of people going to need people the people who pay 80% of the tolls. Only had two point one only had 20% of the total people allowed to vote. And and so a lot of people go on it's that's it's when there's that old don't tax you don't tax me tax that fell monetary somebody's voting Ford whose. May be paid a dollar across the bids. What 67 times in their lifetime. Whereas the people on the West Bank he's -- morning nobody else pay and most of it. They want it to go away everybody else decide they like the lights so they voted in favor of the -- and guess what now now they get what they want me to pay for. But I elegant all that I think that the you gotta realize pieces governor Jindal and all those who spent five billion dollars on state road improvements in the state. If you look at the area but the bridge. But the tolls collected. What -- the improvements they were not means very little. And so. We -- -- -- that should go to supplement our tax dollars but they've been wasted little wasted. And in the Potomac as a -- in -- textile as the -- in elsewhere. Fought against the told over the loss to you know but and for right now we gotta just move forward as planned be it the tolls stay. We have to improve that structure. For everybody east bank West Bank -- in this together. In the one way to do it is to make it fair where it -- but the people the trucks in in there in the folks that totally in the support New Orleans or didn't have Blake. No they clog up that -- that need to be expanded -- need to be improved upon. In that they use that they got to help pay for. And that's what this is all about. -- -- You know. Well I mean the west the tolls that are that are being paid that are continuing for the next years that is if the of the vote goes that way. It's it's going to that. That's gonna you'd be useful what's supposed -- keep the roads to expand on on the on ramp to expand -- that's all highways -- mean -- You know you're saying a bunch of stuff that I'm gonna go and say. The fact of the matter is that money twenty years ago was promised -- -- like you said where where's although where's all the improvements is capital aspect that's why they were supposed to stay in the tolls so that all these improvements can be made. And they weren't mate so number one wants to guarantee that that -- money they'd just extended for twenty years is going to be spent the way. Mean even in -- even in the air in their pleas to extent that they went. This time we're gonna do it right. I guarantee you that it's baseball people pitch and to debate further. Libya for the improvements. In in there there's going to be more oversight and more demand for accountability. You know this tested this if we go to they have tools it's got to be project driven in that patronage strip. There's a system in Dallas Texas simple system where your -- played Asia told today. You just sign up and you can you know it it's efficient you know need to stop this keep dropping through. When he diplomatic utilities need to have that structure that that the system brought into the into Louisiana. And federal LE long on the causeway in and on the bridge. Better for everybody. Make it fair and intuition proved situation going forward we got to move forward. On things. In this may be a catalyst to changed the culture of this you know the patent system that would have been leaving him recently given the shot. I got you guys here's a text message. About what -- charged fifty cents each way how they do it here's a guy would attacks and this is interest in a maddening to think about too. My wife and -- my wife who uses the CCC every day would have to pay twice today we live in saint Charles and didn't even get to vote I don't mind paying wants but not twice brunt of. It's a -- topic -- that they elect crossed back and forth but you know we can that's open to discussion when he to have maybe we can -- can make the system you know. You -- can be charged one told per day. Their political -- -- fourteen -- you despair that one day it can be worked out if if we start with a total. You know these businesses have stepped up and says that the things -- different while. How to put the money went in my office you know -- and then make sure that -- the things change. I mean. A how would you now you're talking about in this proposed legislation you're talking about putting two hole. Readers not not stop and paying -- told but it's going to be the three on ramps that hit better next that are closest to the brits and wanna -- what the wanna magazine. -- -- -- -- And and nose and those three would be the ones that that would have the what they have an actual tollbooth. They're heading like -- and it will be open -- totally liberated you know you go sign up in the end they'll be key yachts. In all around -- city that that makes it easier to do you know kiosk at the airport the sign up you know which is going to be deficient. If you're gonna have a tolling system and then and unfortunately. The majority of the voters voted for the tolling system. That a president participated can't just be one segment of the population. When he what he -- I mean. The fact that -- even bring it up like that as as a of their people already pointed fingers and call it sour grapes and tit for tat. That -- attending -- accepted but but. If you look at whether it without the money collected. If you go to use the ramps. The money that you pay to use those principles and -- the French syndicate traffic. -- traffic -- better. Right nail -- leave the west bank and it -- at 4 o'clock o'clock o'clock in the afternoon. I believe and now early because of the traffic be backed up to pay a total moral weight fortieth 45 minutes to get across. Because of all the traffic entering at the base of the bridge. Which is within the CC CD footprint. You know that's the bridge that's part of the CC CD those levels up ramps in the jurisdiction. And if you read the legislation and in in the vote. The entity can do this may be on -- soul that's the scary part about people vote for this thing. And in the noble but the consequences. I was against -- I did my best to try to say hey. We don't need the tolls but it is going to be stuck with a -- everybody has to kitchen. Night and so literally though the law that was passed that will be won by eighteen votes that will weigh in on the recount -- according to America I know according to that law. Though the that told doesn't have to stay at a dollar or forty cents of -- by the told Mexican raise or lower it. On the on a whim. That well that's the way that in palatable against the practice says that's it can be interpreted that to the boat that the -- can be increased. The bridge can be privatized. Only those things so I think it was a bad -- that the people potable. Yeah so -- of and that's and that's the particular bill that's -- so according to the bill they could the DO TD like that from hearing you correctly. The DO TD could add tolls on the east bound up ramps. Anyway -- you they don't even need the legislation to try to put. Second in the ultimate can be made. To that effect but I don't wanna do -- that -- you know I think it's got to be discussed and and look what's best ever -- in just don't. -- somebody you know burden -- once segment of the population especially at that operation has been. Been attacked for using -- as a -- on the same same thing. -- -- -- -- can't get a bunch of text messages making comments across the board about it when -- what about what about out of staters. That's like -- -- the traffic is bad enough how's this going to help. But there's a couple of other went through there like. That we got some really good some really good points here. And that's -- an operative principle is collecting tolls on both sides of the Crescent City connection a fair way to make sure everyone pays for use of the bridge. Carolina care to go to WW elect on the budget -- -- -- -- get a back on a bunch over against them WW about a witness today orphanage are being given away a four pack. Of tickets to the NFL experience driven by GMC listen up when you hear and either an AFC or an NFC championship play. I'll give -- -- number the eighth column what's four pack and it's good from January 30 through February the third. So stay tuned to the sports on obligates WWW out today and all day next week -- be given way every -- to. Pat Connick is my guess state representative here he was the man who led the push against the tolls which lost. By eighteen counts but -- judge has awarded recount. And so that's will see what happens with that one. What happens but away when I mean I know you're not involved in this lawsuit but it's -- and they're just gonna recount X amount of them and if they find some -- -- going on in that then they gonna start changing things with -- -- I don't know that the -- that take place in this Orleans City Council chambers on February 16. And I think it is gonna look at the count Mitchell was accurate and and after that you know -- to -- challenges is that the challenged at that point. It could be a challenge after the and so -- at least ago but it account chose that you know there was some human error in the counting. And that's -- in the boat then as things -- would. -- -- your your Bjork proposed legislation. And and and what -- proposing is gonna come up in this in this legislative session. Yes and in this is planned plant is accurate the -- Play and be at the told state is to make it better let's move forward and let everybody. Do their part to improve the traffic infrastructure -- in the city. In what's wrong with that I hope people don't like it in in about it like it would be got to pay. That lets everybody do the right thing kitchen. In demand that the roads in the in the entire infrastructure be improved upon and a waste thrown on patronage in in politically connected folks. If -- and -- -- a -- attacks that -- about this basically. If you push this legislation is it going to be the same thing whereas. People you know the people themselves will have to make the decision and vote. That the legislature will strictly vote on it to put it in front of the people and then of people have via the chance to vote. They -- be having for another vote of every. The governor knows gonna have to -- anything to change. But -- legislation doesn't go away with the existing tolls are your legislation would. Encompass the existing tolls into this new into this new structure in total and put tolls on both as a room. The tolls on it's the legislation that everybody bird owner passed allowed patrols along the president connection speeds up ramps apart of the president connection. That's that the the best for the -- to Newton. That area when he's up for and so on it at lake -- need to be improved upon in India if you and use it but so painful. -- our body and that would be -- deal but I mean would that be is that your plan in introducing this legislation that it would be basically the same thing and who would all at the bottom. With saint Charles get to vote like this text when a -- -- in his wife's gonna have to pay twice which you have some say so about these cells would extend beyond Orleans Jefferson. And up plaque and the. -- -- done so this -- stand up but I mean in my misunderstanding you this legislation that you're pushing if it goes through. It would encompass it would it would that we would now have to told. Laws up the one that's already in place and then and in this when that your portion to -- on the east bank. Forwards your law encompass all the tools it would now role in the stuff that already passed that they're about to do recount on the West Bank -- When it rolled all into one great big thing which would include east bank and West Bank would rewrite the -- -- system -- no. Just being it just cook clarify that those ramps on the east bank hit like that within within this season CDs do their jurisdiction. All are told. -- that they hit late spam and so. And then that would include. So. So they would they would -- officially told to like the album and and and again though which. So it would just be the same parishes before it would be boring. You mean out think you know the vote -- from the legislators. And not the public or can be beacon changes you know that the Pope demands at the -- we -- it is open for discussion -- it is just an idea that. If it will stay then we get a final anywhere. To make everybody tell everybody what to make everybody pay and paid fairly -- and west because that was the argument before when we talked about this a year ago. When the tolls were supposed to expire as senator Francis high island here and he said there's no way these things are gonna extend somebody's gonna have to introduce a piece of legislation. And that's just so unpopular with somebody did introduce a piece of legislation but they pushed off. Thus -- say so. Whom the voters and then right before the election here comes all these organizations are we gotta do it we need to we need if for economic development this time we'll do it right. Well now what's gonna happen this time if you introduce this piece of legislation is a Columbia total legislators to say. Or is it can be up to the voters to say or -- has yet to be determined. In your legislation could you haven't introduced. It has its yet to be determined. They know it just is unbeaten with. -- -- -- the business community. In and then. So some local officials say that this could just talk about this and let's see how we can improve. What we have. Erica and -- -- getting text message obviously reactionary and vindictive except the results of the election. You accept the results of the election you know why don't you pay for it. Why the result of the election and they are gonna accept the result of that fact but -- like you're saying the east bank ramps. Are also part of the CCC. And they are not paying it's only it's only West Bank around people on the West Point coming over here that are paying to for every. -- -- -- We halo on the west XP on the bridge you painful for the improvements and people in front of you -- caught in a line in blocking your view around. You know because of the traffic jams that area need to be improved it to the base of the bridge as part of a bridge. And so if -- told the going to -- It's got to be there you know. Distributed. On both sides that are. Conducted these things built and improved the situation moving forward. And win and and with the legislative session -- political -- Japanese co signers Garko who whatever with this bill -- -- -- support. We'll see what we discussed and so. Okay pat I appreciate it happy Mardi Gras thanks for taking the time with his. Parent that comics they represent OK I get the opinion poll I got a -- what's attacks open up the phone lines now. Should they extend the tolls to east side and westside is collecting the tolls on both sides of the Crescent City connection. A fair way to make sure everyone pays for the use in the upkeep of the -- yes or no that's our Mueller. Opinion poll at WW dot com Christmas in the newsroom we'll get some -- headlines and that's going around the world on the back merger calls come on sports.

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