Despite ominous signs, backers of what would be Louisiana's first state gasoline tax hike in 28 years insist they have a three-prong plan that can pass the Legislature.
With more than one-third of the 2017 session done, none of the revenue-raising bills have come up for committee hearings, and it may be another two weeks before they do.
House Speaker Taylor Barras, R-New Iberia, said Thursday he does not think backers currently have enough votes to get a major gas tax hike through the House, where it has to start.
Gov. John Bel Edwards, who says he backs a big boost in state transportation aid, is preoccupied with state budget problems and has had little involvement in the push for roads and bridges, lawmakers said.