The recent legislative session has been a popular topic of discussion for think tanks and reform groups in Louisiana, as there was a number of both good and bad bills alike that were killed and passed.
Currently, gas is taxed at 20 cents per gallon. Four cents goes to transportation infrastructure and the remaining 16 cents goes to the Department of Transportation and Development, of which only 1.56 cents goes to roads and bridges. While some leaders are pushing for an increase in the gas tax, Graves is advocating for gas tax reform, saying that reform can bring improvement to the roads without hiking taxes.
BENTON – In an article posted on shreveporttimes.com, Robert Mills, who is running for the state Senate in District 36, said lawsuit abuse cost the nation $429 billion, with Louisiana’s portion, $7 billion, making up one of the largest percentages of any state.
According to a report featured by the Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch, Louisianans have been exposed to more than 250,000 ads for litigation-related services in the last half of 2018, a number that the organization believes is too high.
Auto insurance rates are dropping across Louisiana, a recent announcement from the insurance commissioner states, but the decreases are unrelated to the need for reform, much to the dismay of certain groups.
The state of Louisiana has been battling record-high insurance costs for years, costing both individuals and larger entities dearly; it is not for lack of trying, however, that these insurance costs refuse to come down.
BATON ROUGE – Jeff Albright, CEO of Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of Louisiana, believes auto insurance premiums in Louisiana are so high because there are double the amount of claims in Louisiana than any other state.
BATON ROUGE – Legislation intended to lower Louisiana's high auto insurance rates, increase time to file auto accident lawsuits, and address jury trial thresholds didn't make it this session because that's what Gov. John Bel Edwards wanted, a state representative said.