NewsPublic AffairsGovernment / April 19, 2017

Tentative Road Funding Bill In Place As Leaders Agree To Plan

Brandon Smith
Article origination IPBS-RJC
Tentative Road Funding Bill In Place As Leaders Agree To Plan

Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne), left, and House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) will take the details of a road funding plan to their caucuses for approval.

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House Speaker Brian Bosma says legislative leaders have agreed to a road funding plan in principle. Leadership will now take the plan to their caucuses for approval.

Though stingy on details, Bosma calls the agreed-upon plan the “strongest road investment” in state history.

“I can tell that you we believe – after a lot of discussion with the Senate – that we’ve met our mutual goals of long-term, comprehensive road funding,” Bosma says.

Bosma notes the plan is intended to last 20 years but acknowledges that the conversation likely won’t stop.

“Tolling is clearly a part of this long-term solution for every state and the federal government as well, so we’ll probably have a discussion about that in six or seven years,” Bosma says.

Bosma adds language directing a tolling study will be included in the road funding plan.

As for a shift of sales tax on gasoline dollars to pay for roads, Bosma says more of that money will be shifted and over a period of years.

This story will be updated.



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