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Senate unanimously advances Pence’s road plan

By Jasmine Otam TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS­­­­ ‑ Gov. Mike Pence’s road funding plan unanimously passed the Senate Wednesday. Senate Bill 333 would transfer funds from the state reserve fund to the state highway fund, if the reserves are more than 11.5 percent at the end of the state fiscal year. “I think this is a win […]

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House Republicans expect changes to their road funding plan

By Rachel Hoffmeyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Republican road plan has passed the House, but leaders expect changes to be made in the Senate. “This is a part of the process,” said Pelath. “This is the beginning and this is an opportunity for us to lay out some of the differences.” The GOP plan would […]

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Indiana Toll Road to see $200 million in improvements

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS —The toll road in northern Indiana will see $200 million worth of road repairs this year. Gov. Mike Pence joined the Indiana Toll Road Concession Company Tuesday to announce the project called 80/90 PUSH, or Pavement Upgrade for a Superior Highway. The project will take about two years to complete and […]

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New attempt to push Democrats road plan unsuccessful

By Nicole Hernandez TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Democrats’ attempt to amend the Republican House road plan failed to gain traction Monday. “There is area of common ground,” said Rep. Dan Forestal, D-Indianapolis. “We agree that the sales tax collected on gasoline should be used to fund our infrastructure, which is its continued purpose. And that […]

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Pence’s road funding plan cruises to the Senate

By Sarah Ramon TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence’s road funding plan is moving to the full Senate. “One of the things that’s happening in the transportation space is that when trucks and cars become more fuel efficient, the less revenue is coming in from the gas tax,” said Micah Vincent, Director of the Office […]

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Democrat plan to fund road improvements dies in committee

By Alexis Weidner TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – House Democrats are upset after their plan to fix roads and bridges did not receive a hearing. Minority leader Rep. Scott Pelath, D-Michigan City, asked Thursday why the Ways and Means Committee did not hear his party’s plan. “We didn’t even get a vote in Ways and Means,” said […]

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House GOP road plan now includes an income tax cut

By Shelby D. Salazar TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS ­­– An amendment to the Republican GOP road-funding bill that would lower the income tax resulted in lawmakers on both sides of the aisle voicing concerns. Rep. Tim Brown, R-Crawfordsville, chair of the House Ways and Means Committee said the amendment would lower the personal income tax by 5 […]

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Road funding bill sparks cigarette tax debate

By Shelby D. Salazar TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS ­­– Whether to raise taxes to generate funds for much-needed road and bridge repairs continues to be a heated topic for both supporters and opponents. House Bill 1001, heard in the Ways and Means committee Wednesday, would raise the gasoline tax, raise the cigarette tax by $1 and allow […]

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Republicans avoid bump in the road-funding plan

By Shelby D. Salazar TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS ­­– House Republicans avoided a push Wednesday by Democrats to change the GOP’s plan to fund road improvements. House Bill 1001, authored by Rep. Ed Soliday, R-Valparaiso, would transfer Indiana’s excess reserves into funds relating to bridge and highway maintenance. This bill would also increase the gasoline tax and […]

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Bosma open to the idea of adding toll roads on Indiana interstates

By Shelby D. Salazar TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS ­­– House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, is interested in exploring using tolling a new source of funding for Indiana’s highways. “The experts agree that the future, particularly on our major highways in the Crossroads of America, is to move into the tolling business,” Bosma said Thursday. “So we are […]

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