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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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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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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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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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House GOP plan to fix roads creates concern about the tobacco tax

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – More than 30 Hoosiers lined up to testify Wednesday about a bill that would provide funding to local roads through the state’s excess reserves, but also by increasing gas and cigarette taxes. “It’s a very important bill to our state and we want to be certain that we vet […]

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State officials confident transportation deal will prevent highway funding cuts

By Emily Metheny TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — State officials are so confident Congress will pass a deal to cover a shortfall in a federal highway fund that they have not solidified contingency plans that would be needed if the money runs out next month. Will Wingfield, a spokesman for the Indiana Department of Transportation, said the […]

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Panel recommends highway projects, indexed gas tax

By Seth Morin TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The state should index its gas tax to increase with inflation, build a new bypass around Indianapolis, and consider user fees to supplement highway funding, a transportation panel said in its recommendations Wednesday. The group – appointed by Gov. Mike Pence – detailed a funding crisis facing the state: […]

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Analysis: Road funding study is key for Indiana’s future

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Tucked among the hundreds of bills that flowed through the General Assembly this year is one that could affect Indiana’s future trade, economy and finances. House Bill 1104 orders a study of transportation funding in hopes that the state will find a way to generate revenue for roads and […]

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Lawmakers hear about ‘road usage fee’ as alternative to gas tax

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana lawmakers are considering whether to shift the state’s funding for roads and highways from a system based on gas purchases to one based on miles traveled. Currently, Indiana drivers pay an 18-cent per gallon tax on gasoline, which is the state’s top transportation funding source, outside federal funds. […]

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