LPB Public Square: Highway Funding
“Down the Road: Our Transportation Future”
August 27, 2014 * 7:00 PM * LPB Stations
In the next 30 years, Louisiana’s economic health and quality of life may be at risk because of transportation funding challenges. What should the state’s transportation priorities be? Should the current state gasoline sales tax be increased? Or is it time for a new funding stream at both the state and federal level? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on “Down the Road: Our Transportation Future” airing Wednesday, August 27 at 7 p.m. on LPB HD and 9 p.m. on WLAE. The panelists are:
- Sen. Robert Adley, R-Benton; Senate Transportation Committee
- Dr. Kam Movassaghi, former DOTD Secretary and President of Fenstermaker & Associates
- Rep. Karen St. Germain, D-Plaquemine; House Transportation, Committee
- Rachel DiResto, Executive V.P. of the Center for Planning Excellence
The program also includes interviews with Sherri LeBas, Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD); Rep. Karen St. Germain, D- Plaquemine; Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez; Boo Thomas, president of the Center for Planning Excellence, and Cathy Gautreaux with the Louisiana Motor Transport Association.
Beth Courtney, LPB CEO, and Robert Travis Scott, president of the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana, moderate the discussion. Visit www.lpb.org/publicsquare to take a survey on this month’s topic, to view extended interview clips and view the full program following the August 27th broadcast.
LMTA President Greg Morrison, Quality Transport, Bossier City; Leadership LMTA President Mitch Guillot, Triple G Express, Jefferson and LMTA 1st Vice President Judy Smart, Roadrunner Towing & Recovery will actively participate in the audience representing LMTA and the trucking industry.
Congratulations Xavier Theriot – LA NTDC Finalist! After a three day competition that tested driver’s knowledge of safety, equipment, the industry and driving skills at the National Truck Driving Championships in Pittsburgh last week, Xavier Theriot with FedEx Freight on TEAM LMTA was one of the top 5 drivers – and a finalist – in the Twins Class of competition. Although he did not win the class, he was the only finalist from Louisiana. We are proud of you, Xavier!
Labor Day Holiday Truck Travel Restrictions. Read this week’s LMTA Truck Talk newsletter for more information on LA-DOTD holiday travel restrictions on Louisiana’s highways.
Sept 8 LMVC Hearing on Warranty Repair CANCELED! As reported last week, the Louisiana Motor Vehicle Commission (LMVC) was going to discuss the warranty repair issue at its next meeting on September 8, 2014. That issue has been put on hold and WILL NOT be on the agenda for the September 8th meeting pending an attempt find resolution between the interested parties.
LAF MPO Truck/Freight Movement Meeting – September 3rd. The truck/freight movement meeting sponsored by LMTA with the Lafayette Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) will be held on Wednesday, September 3rd.
The special meeting for the trucking industry is to discuss current and future highway projects, the specific needs of the industry and possibly a freight project for the freight community that could be funded by the MPO.
There is no charge to attend this meeting that is open to members and non-members of LMTA. Please RSVP to the LMTA office if you plan to attend.
National Truck Driver Appreciation Week – September 14-22! Plan now for National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, September 14-20, 2014! Take the time to honor your professional truck drivers for their hard work and commitment in tackling one of our economy’s most demanding and important jobs. ATA opened a new online store for NTDAW merchandise at www.shumskyideas.com/ntdaw, which features quality merchandise that is able at great low prices!
We need your help! LMTA will be hosting an event to honor truck drivers during NTDAW. If your company has promotional items (hats, cups, koozies, key chains, etc.) that they would like to donate (at least 100 items), please have them delivered to the LMTA office no later than Monday, September 15th. We will be happy to make them available to all truck drivers.