Indiana GOP announces details of tax-hiking roads plan
- Author: Joanne Flowers Apr 21, 2017,
Apr 21, 2017, 23:10
The sticking points have been House proposals to raise cigarette taxes and shift all sales tax revenues also charged on fuel purchases to infrastructure funding.
The gasoline tax, last adjusted in 2003, would increase from the current 18 cents, going up 5 cents this July and another nickel in July 2018.
House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) says Hoosiers should see results right away.
IN lawmakers slipped a provision into the state's proposed budget that authorizes the state to purchase new lethal injection drugs while preserving the anonymity of the suppliers.
IN lawmakers have a tentative deal on road funding and could vote on it today.
Legislators are working with a plan that would raise $1.2 billion annually for state roads and $775 million annually for local roads by 2024.
"This plan provides the tools necessary to maintain what we have, finish what we started, and invest in the future", Holcomb said in a statement Thursday. He was joined by Senate President Pro Tempore David Long. Indiana's smaller communities and 64 smallest counties would see a 75-25 split with the state providing the larger percentage. We met our long-term goal of creating a comprehensive, responsible and sustainable plan that funds our roads for the next generation. Luke Kenley, R-Noblesville.
The plan encourages discussion of potential toll roads through a long-term study completed by the Indiana Department of Transportation.
Bosma said he would support the changes even if they were not what he originally wanted for the position.
"It's very clear that tolling has to be a part of this in the future". As State Superintendent, I will remain focused on providing leadership and support for IN schools IN order to optimize student opportunities and outcomes.
State lawmakers gave final approval Tuesday to a top legislative priority for Gov. Eric Holcomb, but delayed the start of the policy change until the day after the Republican would leave office following a potential second term. For now, the bill orders INDOT to draft plans for how tolls might be implemented.