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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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Amendments offered to state budget see little success

By Dustin Beach TheStatehouseFIle.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Several amendments were offered on Thursday to the state’s two-year budget, but only one saw positive results. The successful amendment, offered by Rep. Lloyd Arnold, R-Leavenworth, would allow state conservation officers to be under the same pay raise system as other state police officers. “Initially their raises were going […]

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Road funding now being given to cities, towns and counties

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Money is now being distributed to cities, towns and counties to help improve their roads and bridges as a part of the state’s road funding plan from this year’s legislative session. Money for Roads and Bridges The governor’s office announced Wednesday county auditors have distributed $435 million to local governments […]

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Regional Cities Initiative funding to support more than 100 projects

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Mike Pence ceremonially signed legislation Tuesday providing funding for a program designed to foster regional growth in Indiana. Pence signed House Bill 1001, which is also the state’s short-term road funding plan, at the Signature School’s Robert L. Koch II Science Center in Evansville. “Through the Indiana Regional Cities […]

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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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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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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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