And an idea promoted by a Purdue expert testifying before the panel provoked debate among its members: the value of vehicle miles traveled, or VMT, fees.
The Reason Foundation, a Libertarian policy think tank, ranks each state’s highway system every few years.
The bypass will run about 6 miles and link Interstate 70 and U.S. 41 around the city's southeast side.
The plan includes raising both the gas and cigarette taxes.
The House plan would divert more money from the sales tax on gasoline into road funding.
It’s a one-time proposal, not a long-term solution.
Gov. Mike Pence will gather with local and regional leaders to cut the ribbon on the section of interstate Wednesday morning.
House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, says the GOP caucus’ plan relies on three principles: that it’s responsible, comprehensive and sustainable.
The House Democrats’ plan would divert sales tax revenues on gasoline and special fuels to road maintenance.
Some estimates say local governments need $500 million more per year to maintain existing pavement.