Build It

August 11, 2017

States must lead on infrastructure

While Congress is under pressure to produce a comprehensive infrastructure bill - one of the few ideas that could gain bipartisan support on Capitol Hill - actions at the state level are far more likely to impact the roads and bridges people use every day.

Number of the Day

$4.6 trillion -  Estimated cost of bringing America’s infrastructure to a state of good repair (a grade of B) by 2025. (Source: American Society of Civil Engineers)
April 5, 2017

Fighting something with nothing

The efforts to raise the state gas tax to finance transportation projects got a political boost on Tuesday when a broad coalition of business groups said Louisiana needs to raise an additional $500 million per year.

Number of the Day

1.03 - Number of painkiller prescriptions per person in Louisiana in 2015, the sixth-highest rate in the nation. Gov. John Bel Edwards is supporting legislation that would limit prescriptions for opioids. (Source: Associated Press)