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Legislative Preview: Tax Increases Not Out Of The Question For Road Funding

Jim Grey

Republican legislative leaders won't rule out tax increases as a potential solutions for Indiana's road funding issues. 

House Speaker Brian Bosma says the GOP caucus' plan relies on three principles: that it's responsible, comprehensive and sustainable. And he says the House Republican bill would be, in his words, "loaded with options."

"People worried about voting for a potential gas increases in the future?" he asks. "Maybe it needs to happen. Registration fee on electric vehicles? Perhaps they need to pay toward our roads as well."

Senate Republican Leader David Long says he's not suggesting any options at this point.

"It's all on the table; we need to explore all options, see where we come out," he says. "Hopefully it will be a nonpartisan, bipartisan discussion."

Governor Mike Pence and House Democrats each proposed short term road funding plans in recent weeks. Bosma and Log stress the General Assembly must develop more long-term solutions. 

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