Senate committee passes Mass transit bill

Indiana Statehouse
(WISH Photo, file)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Indiana is one-step closer to getting more mass transit.

It passed out of a Senate committee Tuesday morning.

Supporters of the bill – including the mayors of Indianapolis and Westfield – urged lawmakers to let counties raise taxes to fund better bus service. They say it’s vital to bringing in new business to our area.

“We know Hoosiers are not going to sell their cars and jump on trains every day, but I find a lot of our residents are asking what are we going to do for long-term planning to a growing metro area,” Mayor Andy Cook (R-Westfield) said.

But critics were also at the committee meeting. They say last year’s version of this bill provided a better plan, but this version is misguided.

“What’s in front of you today is something that’s less clear about what it’s actually funding and its punishing taxpayers of all stripes. At the end of the day we feel this xgr is a tax increase in search of a mass transit proposal to fund,” said Chase Downham, Indiana State Director, Americans For Prosperity.

The bill last year did not make it out of the statehouse.

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