The Advocate: Baton Rouge area planners looking at data, state and local revenue to make their pitch to feds for transportation funds

Federal planners are watching the Louisiana Legislature to see how much they can expect the state to kick in to pay for new roads and bridges.

On Monday, Jamie Setze, head of the Capital Region Planning Commission, told members of the Baton Rouge Press Club that as he and the leaders of five parishes assemble their pitch for federal funds, the U.S. government is going to come back with one question: "What did the state lift?"

Louisiana legislators have discussed raising the gasoline tax by 17 cents a gallon or upping the sales tax by half a cent to raise $500 million or $400 million a year for transportation, respectively. 

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