House GOP to unveil long-term Indiana roads funding plan

Indiana Statehouse
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana House Republicans are set to unveil legislation aimed at finding more money for the state’s poorly rated roads — a plan that could propose a gasoline tax increase.

House GOP leaders are holding a Monday news conference where they will discuss their proposal, billed as a comprehensive and long-term approach to improving the state’s infrastructure.

It offers an alternative to the short-term solution proposed by Gov. Mike Pence, which would borrow money and draw down state reserves to boost state highway funding by about $480 million in 2017.

House Republicans have provided some broad details of their proposal, which will include a $1 per-pack cigarette tax hike and allow the state’s gasoline tax to increase with inflation.

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