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Gas tax increase, user fees find support in committee

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosiers could see an increase in numbers at the gas pump if Rep. Ed Soliday’s, R-Valparaiso, road funding bill is passed. The legislation would raise Indiana gas and diesel taxes by 10 cents and increase vehicle registration fees by $15. It also proposes that the Indiana Department of Transportation […]

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Right-of-way for roundabouts could change

By Christian Sullivan  TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A new bill is looking to give the right-of-way to large trucks in roundabouts throughout Indiana. Rep. Jerry Torr, R-Carmel, has authored a bill that would give the right-of-way to large trucks in order to reduce accidents and sideswipes in a roundabout. Since large trucks can have trouble staying […]

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ISTEP may stick around longer than hoped

By Taylor Brown TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Road funding and education, including extending the life of ISTEP, are some of the priorities the Senate Republicans’ listed Tuesday. They expect ISTEP, which was originally slated to be replaced next school year, to stick around for a year or two. They’re concerned rushing a new version of the […]

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Holcomb names INDOT commissioner, drug czar

By Alexa Freeman TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov.-elect Eric Holcomb has announced three new leaders who are expected to be influential in his administration. On his first day in office, Holcomb plans to sign an executive order creating a new position designed to tackle the state’s drug epidemic. He announced Tuesday that Jim McClelland will serve […]

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Push to create walkable communities

By James Polston TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A recently-elected state representative is taking her 20-plus years of environmental experience and interest in transportation and walkable community issues with her while she is in office. Rep. Carey Hamilton, D-Indianapolis, said improving transportation without cars by creating pedestrian and bike friendly paths is one of her top initiatives […]

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Gas tax increase, toll roads part of road construction plan

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosier drivers could soon pay an increase of $48 a year on gas taxes and potentially experience toll roads in Indiana.                        House Republicans outlined a long-term road funding plan Wednesday, which would raise nearly $700 million in additional funds for infrastructure throughout the next two years. House Bill 1002 […]

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Taxes, tolling options for road funding solution

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — An increase in state gas taxes, tolling and a vehicle fee are all possibilities drivers could face as the state tries to figure out how to pay for road improvements. The road funding task force met Monday to announce recommendations for the upcoming legislative session. “We think this issue is of […]

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Covered bridge design to be Indiana’s next license plate

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — With more than 330,000 votes cast, Hoosiers have selected a covered bridge design to replace the outgoing bicentennial license plate. The Bureau of Motor Vehicles let Hoosiers choose from three designs. “Not only is this colorful design with a red bridge spanning a creek the top vote getter, it won […]

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Most highway construction to stop for Labor Day travel

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Thousands of Hoosiers are preparing to hit the road for the three-day holiday weekend and the Indiana Department of Transportation is encouraging drivers to plan extra time for their trips. Most highway construction projects will stop during Labor Day weekend to help with traffic. INDOT has asked its contractors to pull […]

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Candidates for governor discuss pre-K, infrastructure

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — All three candidates for governor met Tuesday to discuss issues facing Indiana, including expanding pre-K, improving the state’s infrastructure and the effect of civic leadership. The Indiana University Public Policy Institute hosted the gubernatorial forum after gathering data about what Hoosiers want from the next governor. The data, complied […]

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