Jan 10, 2017|
Bob in for Tommy Tucker. Bob talks to Shawn Wilson, the Secretary of the Louisiana DOTD, about a new report saying the state needs $700 million to fix its roads and bridges.
Tommy talks to Kevin in Metairie about his wife's need for medication to cope with constant, chronic pain.
Tommy talks to WWL-TV reporter Meg Farris about a new report that New Orleans had more drug-related deaths than homicides.
Tommy talks to State Representative Cameron Henry about the current state and the future of TOPS.
Tommy talks to David Howard, Professor in the Dept. of Health Policy and Management at Emory University, about the state of Obamacare going forward.
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Now Bob Mitchell for Tommy Tucker WW LI Annan famine dot com seventh and did receive a couple of text messages welding an update on on the examined they were plays voice actually already had written. Trying to recoup and next couple weeks for that the lol yeah like yes it is it's a topic it is it is not a fun operation. And you have one Don oh my well my wife was going to have blonde on OO in about a week and a half you know and it just hit me yesterday. This is not repairing a part of your body initials were placing ya ya for removing something and putting something else and then that. It's your right is not easy and Daimler Phil Tommy says with. Horror stories before he went under the knife but it's now we can you know what I Elsa and you know it but there goes locked money you have hustling hang in there all right take your time but he'll be back all right it's that 10 minutes after 7 o'clock to go to Jim in Metairie Jim thank you for calling WWL. Are you agree we need a better roads and bridges in Louisiana. There. Bird. The newspapers. In morning. Stated. I am out here it is thirty billion. Oh. Million are here. Yeah. Well we're going to be talking to. John Wilson should be calling or a quarter after seven and I'm going to ask you about thirty billion just old Louisiana. But seems an awful lot of money. Well. Well Jim look good idea but it looked to be in favor of increase in the gasoline tax to pay for that. I'm sure. Yeah. If but I have to go through. They're important. It it won't pass of the bills that total peoples and thank you for Foley and and we're gonna speak to a right now troublesome Louisiana secretary of the Department of Transportation. Sean when when you look at the thing with the roads. Is it 700 million a year. Or is it like a listener just call me and said the total project is somewhere around thirty billion which wobbles numbers are correct. Well. And opt into monetary union listener. I will tell you that a major need at this stage we've got about thirteen billion dollars of projects and things that we need to do good things that are already built. There's about another eighteen billion dollars of projects that we want to bill. New infrastructure to accommodate the economy in the things that we need to create jobs and well core citizens. At the end of the day. That ten billion thirteen billion those two needs to be met all. Long term process has caught the problem with transportation didn't start overnight and were not an expert overnight. And what the task force that recommended. Is that they're being an annual investment of about 700 billion new dollars. That above and beyond where we are today. On an annual basis in people's pain and that a lot of money why does take that much because most of the infrastructure is gonna be financed. 84 overtime. And in order to be able to do that we're coordinated annual and that. Million dollars a year to be able to maintain the investments and maintain our operations because that was built new structure. We have to maintain it over time so that's what we're looking. So how much of the 700 million do you need in the checkbook before you can get started. We needed a kidney and people. We don't get 700 million dollars we just won't be able to do asthma. And that's talking about doing it as much the next year and so. Because of a big project like a Newbridge and record recruitment and got trapped in congestion. But we won't be able to spin all of that billion dollars and one year it's going to take some lead times and smaller amount of money to get to it. And whatever project in the two billion dollar project orbits a million dollar project it's gonna start with. Engineering it's gonna start with surveyed and you gonna happen by right away and then you gonna get into the design. And then you have the big topic has to be able to build it much like Wal-Mart store I can't. It going to buy it. And taught at all the money up front and that's which you that 700 billion dollars more is to advance projects. As well it's financed projects over tonne. I can't do public private partnership I can't go out and I'll borrow money from the federal government or from the bond market I don't have recruitment revenue stream now I'm going to pay for. Over the next twenty years like you do your home. Now when it comes to the money. Test tax increase possibly tolls possibly other taxes possibly. Will the public have the ball released Lexus or in Baton Rouge just passed them. Happened both ways which you were on the contrary I'm good folks put things on the ballot for infrastructure that has not gone that well. EY it's been 28 years since we passed or adjust our gas attack in Louisiana where their longest. Untouched gas tax in the country. And so that is which we typically see when you do constitutional amendment and that make our country. Constitution already protects transportation. It currently provides support certain way that we spend that money in met who we have done. Since 1990. And I will tell you the other option is that legislature. And and much like but it switches around the states around the country have the ability to pass the tax and so that two thirds vote. Which is not an easy pass to do and so. In the aptly suggested in the dressed. The revenue stream for the steadily you know the legislature has voted on Mac and that we're going to entertain any and all options to be able to. Invest in infrastructure will we get annoyed with such. Most politicians are not one to going to want to vote for tax increase stroke for their residence at all. Well I would think there's some truth to that but I will also values there are some politicians who say we don't. Making investment in infrastructure what's going to happen. I've spoken to several CEOs and business leaders and operators to tell you. I am not going to make it next investment or do my next expansion in the state a let there are some investment structure. So that they could lose their products across the world or that they can get there were forced to and from work. In a safe and efficient way. And so the question isn't really. Should we do it early how much do you want to do because at the end of the day government is not hurry and in the next two years. I do not anticipate that we would be able to match all the federal on coming from the state. Because we won't have an action that could do when we crashed our guest acts in 1989. Many voters Mina realized that it was not indexed and so that sixteen cent per gallon that you crave with a stable Louisiana. It's really worth about seven cents because the cost of construction and everything else are eaten into it. By about 52%. And so we're living on what I say is be low it attacks in the country. The active operate a gas tax is only seven cents and your average driver is not a hundred meg now a year and has to Louisiana brand structure. You're gonna pay more than match. On maintenance of your vehicle because of the system is where you want it to be you don't spend that same month on and wait to comment congestion. And value your time in which are paying to help fix the problem and so I think the challenge isn't. What we need to do we just need to make the decision and have the will make a difference and change. But just balls down to if the people want better roads that they want better bridges they're going to have to realize it's not going to come three. It's not the the company and the other budget because I think the state of probably stripped everything they can. Sooner or later we are gonna have to have a tax increases that is that a fair statement. You you are varied there lies and that my grandmother out there calling you tell me you and I go get anything creep maybe you get which you paid. And that is exactly what we've got we have not pay our fair share the patch protection when a aperture we paid what was at Davos. But at the end of the day when you look at the projects that things which you would like to see app. When people complain about the road to Louisiana you go to the states Texas for example they're gas tax is about the same thing that we pay but. Based in more than what they collect in gas taxes out of their general. John I got to know a got to go out thank you so much operational and honestly it's so we'll we'll talk again later on in and get some more facts on the okay. All right Charlie Wilson he is the Louisiana secretary of department transportation LSU fans are happy this morning Clinton beat bam. 35 authority one. I am in its statement that admitted earlier I rooted for Nick Saban and Alabama so can you be eight true LSU fan. And still hold for Nick Saban the military in Saint Bernard Carey how are you this morning. You know Terry. Terri must be gone let's slow let's go to Charlie in Slidell Charlie ten UB eight true. LSU fans still pull for Nick Saban. I'm quite obvious technical issues seated at all an apple and nick and I had a plan this year they were to win the game last site. And nick would go even that bad connection there between again and eagle one up on the bad Ebert and run for governor Deval. Apple. To get rid. Of a Charley with this. We'll situation William honestly admit everybody complains about the roads and bridges and now they're saying and or through to this would have to pay taxes and I really don't see the taxes went for the need of people will vote for politicians would probably have it in anyway so blows the illness. Would you rather have bad roads or pay more taxes. I'd rather have bad roads unless they can get demonic someplace where it's being waste. Because we we taxed or partly it's stayed in nice and you do that then they'll need to we're running close at least not right there close. All right so you say before paying more taxes you'll live with the bad road right. All right well thank you Charles appreciate it go all right 260170. Text the other 87870. I'm asking the same question. Would you rather a little bad roads and bad bridges or pay more taxes. Probably would have went to bald mountain. Everybody ready it's but that time we got Jordan. Not. Who have been reverend Ariba and look at it well okay. I'm from the seven. To wash Elton obstruction tumbled seven party. Trust our as far as donate true Ellis shoot than pull for Nick Saban is once as you can. A true militant and temple for Nick Saban ban did lose last night because of Flavin. And here's one a true Ellis who fail will never. Ever ever root for Saban. And I love this pulling for and actually been an Alabama is just as bad as pulling for the doubled to pick policies in the Bible. I'm not yeah boy yeah. And Lauren. Man now. Let's cut mean to mean nick you know and and rocketed. The beating up aimed at you a lot like recruiting for per Atlanta Yucca both of you gotta be crazy. If he. Thank you Dave look some lunatic a quick phone call from Lloyd. Lloyd well of course we're talking about those state needing several hundred million start repairing streets and bridges in the city. Do have a couple of touch the official message on getting the money text tack. Tax. The casino and is one tax video poker what do you think what did you had to choose between. Higher taxes and bad roads what are you going to choose. Reductions in Iraq for more yeah I'm. Sure you check but my. How much. Of the I get thirty here. We should use that New Orleans. You know I don't know I've I'm not cleaned up here solve I think it would work well first of onshore. All the cities as though. The body of government responsible for fiction mysteries I would imagine. That some of this money would have to go to different cities and element in the city then would have probably. Go to Tuesday and you know get X number of dolls that'll expert straight I would imagine that that's the way it works. What order the order hack and a if we do but what are tacked on in the country. Then from there to. 30% 20% whatever whatever they're here to go to Sweden it won't the worst. Well 11 of the things that people really get aware of and totally times government says. We're going to get this to actually going to get this and we're gonna commit it to such and such thing in some kind of way. That just does seem to go by the wayside if they are able to get attacks in the tax. As based on the premise that it will be committed to roads and bridges and some kind of way there's going to be some type of system that we know. That we are holding their feet to the fire courting. To DOT secretary Ron Wilson. He's the coach or any says there's no one time effects. And future generations Louisiana's economy need to make the right decision today to ensure a better tomorrow. And it burly balls down to our new WWL Prodi drug or opinion poll question. We complain about all complain about the rose. So would you rather have bad roads or pay more taxes to fix them but you probably don't come up with more money we York and we will continue. To have bad roads they're talking about tolls on bridges. Gasoline tax and if you have any thoughts here one right here reinstatement tolls on the bridge. And use the money like it's supposed to be used this done what you go for that let's go to. At little Wayne a little for Wayne thank you for calling WWL. Good morning sir mr. Wilson your guests still own. Okay. Are there are older I get the more cynical because your politicians speak our resident choosing between taxes our. Like in these option. And that is to have politicians know how to handle money here's why. There's proposed highway that connects the end how what they want it sector workers directly to interstate well. There have been paying taxes approach road or somewhere in the thirty years we still have. Local represented as. How much money he has been elected where the money years and when we expect out way to beat out and guess what nobody denote. So these politicians to do you EB and so we need more active yay me. Because we pay taxes and there is adequate amount of money out to be better if. All right so you think that we have the money we don't need any more touches thank you will go to. Leon of Slidell gambling thank you are probably don't thank you for calling WWL. It. I'm Bob you. That's okay you go on the student fueled. That's. Howard. That. He. Well soaring jam banners. Okay and I want you know work the next revenues catchers that we Yunnan spinal or. More equal. And colleagues that we have would. Do more. I guess they put it in the general budget would be my guess. And the storms because she should. So it's your opinion we already have enough taxes. Our. Out actions. And up. Into they need more exposed. It. Here's here's here's what. Here's what it's going to boil down to if we want to improve our streets if we want to improve our bridges were going to have to spend. Not just 700 million but 700 million dollars a year war. Quite a few years and they may allow the public vote on the touch but it may just pass it in in Baton Rouge but one way or the other week. We'll have to choose to we will pay more taxes or able to keep the bad roads that really is going to be. The bottom line Jewish enough I think were all going to have to place of a man I'm just as bad as everyone else. A complain about the roads especially when you travel all the places. You go to other straight shoot the go up north of Chicago plays like that and there are always working on and all of the time. And you wonder why can't we have something here. It. Yeah. Well. It may. Very. All right Leon thank you so much. Let's go to Alex in the world is Alex thank you for calling this morning. Respect this on the couch she. Could. Have a list she's past week slow. And work and yeah. And it. Car companies. So why put. Well it sounds good today. Obviously we. Can negotiate deals quite a needle company put in money to fix our roads. And it's a broad enough. That you know that. It. Off again you know when I first read this I thought it was 700 million total Andrew bullied. Talked to the transportation. Sector its 700 million a year. That particular. You are. It blows I just that to devote a simple bottom line statement would you rather have bad roads or pay more taxes the picks them at a we. Fortunately it. Could. Ruin our current cars. And so. The people that owns. There was anything. Alex what's the worst road UN collar on a daily basis. Bright between Auburn part between river road and a the ports in between magazine but on the sport it is terrible. I never travel that's described to me if you can and less than a minute. Well. I live in saint Tammany parish and for the most part the road to travel corporate doable when you get on the interstate that's that's when you wanted to. Propelled. Especially. Especially compare is is driving already. Yeah. Especially when you compare our roads two roads and other states thank you so much. When we come back we're gonna continued to talk about this or you will Leno. Cough up more taxes or partial ban ruled. And what's the worst road you and daily bases and butcher biggest frustration with the road you have to trouble we'll talk about that stop W duo.