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This year’s road funding solution may be short term

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Some legislators doubt there will be a long-term solution for improving the state’s infrastructure this session. “Sen. Kenley is absolutely correct—the one thing we do not want to do is make Hoosiers believe the task is done by passing something this year,” said Rep. Ed Soliday, R-Valparaiso. “It will […]

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House passes funding for roads, regional cities

By Jasmine Otam TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Legislation for road improvements that would also fund a key piece of Gov. Mike Pence’s agenda passed the House Wednesday, but not by a large margin. An amended version of Senate Bill 333 passed the House 57-35 Thursday. The bill includes the House’s road funding plan, which would raise […]

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Road funding debate focuses on how to find a sustainable solution

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — One of two road improvement plans under consideration by the legislature this session passed the Senate Tuesday with doubts about long-term funding. Last week, the Appropriations Committee changed House Bill 1001, the House Republicans’ road-funding plan, by removing the tax hikes on gas and cigarettes. Instead, they changed the […]

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Decision to limit how cities can pay for snow removal reversed

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The Senate reversed a committee decision to limit cities on how they can pay for snow and ice removal. The Senate Monday changed House Bill 1001 to allow local municipalities to use money from the Motor Vehicle Highway Fund to pay for winter weather clean-up. Sen. Luke Kenley, R-Noblesville, […]

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House GOP road funding plan now includes key legislative goal for Pence

By Jasmine Otam TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — House Republicans are trying to sweeten their road-funding plan, by adding on funding for one of Gov. Mike Pence’s key legislative goals. The House Republicans plan would raise the gas and cigarette taxes to pay for what they consider long-term road improvements. Pence and the Senate Republican’s plan would […]

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Lawmakers try to address the irksome road funding issues

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS— A Senate committee took the House Republican’s road plan and merged the legislation with a significant portion of Gov. Mike Pence’s plan. The Appropriations Committee removed the tax hikes on gas and cigarettes from House Bill 1001 Thursday. Instead, members amended the bill to transfer funds from the state reserve […]

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Bill would require drivers to move vehicles out of traffic after a wreck

By Max Bomber TheStateouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Insurance companies typically encourage drivers not to move their car after a wreck, but House Bill 1048 intends to change that. In car accidents without serious injury, the bill would require people to move their vehicles out of the way of traffic to prevent a second accident. “The insurance […]

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Transit supporters rally at the Statehouse

By Gary Qi TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Public transit supporters rallied at the Statehouse to celebrate Transit Day Thursday. Indiana Citizen’s Alliance for Transit highlighted the outstanding public transit allies and presented Outstanding Transit Advocate Awards. “From our discussions and what we have learned in this journey, transit has an very important value for the generations […]

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Retailers worry proposed cigarette tax increase could spur black market

Jasmine Otam TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Hoosiers are split when it comes to a bill that would raise tobacco taxes to pay for road funding. House Bill 1001, the House GOP’s road funding plan, would raise the gasoline tax to four cents per gallon and raise the cigarette tax by $1 a pack to fund road […]

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INDOT selecting contracting team to widen I-65 in Lake County

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Four contracting teams are competing for a construction project to widen three lanes in each direction of Interstate 65 in Lake County. The Indiana Department of Transportation said the plan is to improve as much of I-65 as the $70 million budget allows. The project will include where I-65 currently […]

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