"It is to pay for the construction of these projects. This is not putting a debt into state coffers, this is a pay as we go."
The state is currently facing a backlog of $12 billion in road and bridge needs. St. Germain says the bill could generate over $7 billion over the next decade to fund specific highway projects. She says the neglect of Louisiana's roadways has gone on long enough.
"Our highways and bridges have gone to hell in a hand basket."
The House vote was 52-42. The measure needed 70 votes to pass. St. Germain says improving state roadways would enhance the lives of all Louisianians.
"They need health care. They need education. They need to be able to get there."