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State Senate approves $430 million for local road funding

January 20th, 2016

News Coverage:

Associated Press

State Senate approves $430 million for local road funding

Published: January 20, 2016, 5:44 am

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana state Senate has approved a bill that would provide about $430 million in one-time funding to local governments for roads improvements.

The measure by Republican Sen. Brandt Hershman of Lafayette was approved on a 49-1 vote Tuesday.It now goes to the House for consideration.

The bill would provide the money from reserve funds that are set aside when the state distributes shares of income taxes to local governments. Under the measure, 75 percent of that disbursement would be required to go to roads and infrastructure improvements.

The measure is supported by Gov. Mike Pence. But Democratic Sen. Mark Stoops of Bloomington said he was opposed because local governments should have the authority to spend the money however they want. He was the lone “no” vote.