Lawmakers debated road funding in a conference committee hearing as lawmakers approach the end of this session’s debate
The bill would spend down the state's surplus instead of generating revenue from tax increases.
Legislators are no longer considering bonds to fund the state's $1 billion road plan and the Senate has backed off plans to eliminate the automatic tax refund.
The road funding debate has led to a strange dynamic, with Republican Gov. Mike Pence and Democrats pushing back against a House GOP plan to raise taxes.
A Senate committee unanimously advanced Pence’s proposal, while another Senate committee unanimously approved a bill supported by Pence.
Some lawmakers are skeptical about a proposal that would fund road priorities through tolls.
The project took more than three years to finish and there are still two more sections of the controversial highway left to be completed.
The governor says crews will widen the interstate to three lanes in each direction from Merrillville south to "at least State Road 2 near Lowell."
A federal transportation bill is on its way to the president’s desk. The five-year funding plan cleared the Senate Thursday night.
Pence says the Democrats' proposal could bankrupt the state.