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Senate changes the combination of taxes in road funding plan

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A road funding plan that would cost drivers more money at the pump and could add tolls to Indiana roadways moves forward in the Senate with a new combination of tax increases. The House Republican plan included a 10-cent increase on both diesel and gas taxes. However, the Senate […]

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Gas tax plan generates back-and-forth debate in Senate

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – When gas prices are down, cars snake around the block. When they’re up, they make their way from town to town just to save a few pennies. Indiana currently ranks in the middle of the pack in state gas prices nationally. But Scot Imus, executive director for the Indiana […]

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Statewide emergency contact database proposed

By Zoie Richey TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Legislation moving through the General Assembly would create a statewide emergency contact database that would enable Hoosiers to be more quickly notified of a family member’s death or serious injury in the case of a road accident. House Bill 1084 would let anyone with a BMV-issued card submit two […]

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Rules for roundabouts move forward in Senate

By Darrell Crenshaw TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS–Roundabouts are becoming more common at Indiana intersections, but there is still a question about whether residents know how to navigate them. The Senate Homeland Security and Transportation Committee heard testimony Tuesday about House Bill 1039 that deals with the safety of roundabouts. HB 1039 would require a driver to yield […]

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Southside Indianapolis in store for major road work

By Deonta Larkins TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Beginning March 6, the Indiana Department of Transportation is rebuilding six bridges on I-65 over I-465, which means that there will be variety of lane shifts and ramp closures as the work progresses. One Columbus resident, Michael Myers, drives I-65 to Indianapolis, a route that will take him directly […]

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House Republican road funding plan heads to the Senate

By Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana House passed the Republicans’ $1.2 billion road funding plan Thursday with no support from Democrats. House Bill 1002, which passed by a 61-36 vote, calls for Hoosiers to pay an additional 10 cents per gallon in gas taxes,  $15 more to register vehicles and a new $150 […]

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Road funding debate continues, heads to House

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — After weeks of listening to Hoosier opinions across the state, Rep. Ed Soliday, R-Valparaiso, and other GOP legislators continue to push a gas tax hike as a solution for funding Indiana’s roads and infrastructure. The House Ways and Means committee passed Soliday’s bill Wednesday 14-9. It now goes to […]

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Easier access to driver’s licenses could improve lives of foster teens

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Breann Delaney is passionate about bettering the lives of teenage foster children, especially those who are seeking employment or have a desire to better their education. “Foster children who went through traumatic experiences at no fault of their own deserve normalcy,” Delaney said. The passion for a normal life […]

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House Democrats release ‘no new taxes’ road plan

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana House Democrats are proposing a road funding plan that would use existing state funds while prioritizing local and preexisting road projects.   The “No New Taxes Indiana Road Plan” is an alternative to the House GOP’s proposal to increase the Hoosier gas tax by 10 cents a gallon […]

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Drivers question lawmakers about proposed gas tax hike

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — With the possibility that they’ll soon be paying more at the pump, people from around central Indiana filled a town hall Thursday night to learn more about a plan to raise taxes. Melba Kiser, of Noblesville, and her husband participated in the meeting that was held at the Americans for […]

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