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Indianapolis Mayor, State Lawmakers Discuss Mass Transit

Mayor Greg Ballard met with House Speaker Brian Bosma and Senate Appropriations Chairman Luke Kenley at the Statehouse on Wednesday.

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Newly re-elected Mayor Greg Ballard met with state lawmakers today to discuss several issues for his next term, including developing a mass transit system.

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard spends the first day following his reelection meeting with leading Republican state lawmakers inside the Indiana Statehouse. Ballard visited with House Speaker Brian Bosma and Senate Appropriations Chairman Luke Kenley on Wednesday, in part, to discuss his second-term priorities, including the development of a mass transit system.

The mayor did not provide details about how it would be funded, but he confirmed that the three discussed the possibility of a referendum.

“We don‘t know exactly how that will get done at this point in time, but one of things I told them,” he says. “I‘m concerned about attracting high-level talent to the city, and I think high-level talent is looking for a good mass transit system.”

Ballard also acknowledged that heading into a state election year, it might be more difficult to convince lawmakers to put any kind of tax issue on the ballot.

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