President Donald Trump has invited Gov. John Bel Edwards to take part in infrastructure discussions at the White House next week.
Edwards will participate in a roundtable with federal, state and local leaders Monday and highlight infrastructure challenges in Louisiana, according to a news release from the governor's office.
“Louisiana has significant infrastructure challenges that we need to address,” Edwards said in a statement. “We're thinking outside the box in Louisiana to make significant infrastructure improvements, but we have a lot of work to do. In order to make a meaningful impact, we have to partner with the federal government."
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Trump has made infrastructure a priority for his 2018 agenda, with a plan to spur activity on major projects across the country through federal, state and local partnerships.
"I look forward to learning about the President’s proposal and finding innovative ways to improve our roads, bridges, and ports in order to help improve our economy and way of life in Louisiana," Edwards said.
Edwards previously has taken part in White House talks on criminal justice reform, opioid addiction and disaster recovery efforts.
Louisiana Department of Transportation Secretary Shawn Wilson will also attend the latest summit.
"Louisiana, like every other state, depends on the federal government to support our infrastructure program," Wilson said. "We are looking forward to hearing how the President's infrastructure could help us meet our infrastructure needs."
But Wilson added that his excitement "is tempered based on our inability to provide the non-federal match the administration has been very clear about."
Louisiana has struggled to fund major infrastructure projects in recent years. An effort to increase the state gasoline tax to fund transportation projects failed in the Legislature last year.