Legislative leaders say naming too many specific infrastructure projects in this session’s road funding bill could be damaging.
The caucus’ top priorities include a long-term road funding plan, replacing the ISTEP test and addressing vaping liquid regulations.
Governor-elect Eric Holcomb rolled out his legislative agenda this week while House Republicans unveiled their road funding plan.
Holcomb's agenda includes a 20-year road plan with potential tax increases, expanded pre-k and making the State Superintendent an appointed position.
The proposed first steps would cover less than half of the state’s needs.
Indiana’s infrastructure task force approved recommendations that include raising taxes to generate funds for roads and bridges.
The Pike County Economic Development Corporation says a state agency recently declared the tract as site Certified Silver.
Many believe part of that plan should include regular, automatic increases, based on something like inflation or the consumer price index.
The task force will issue its recommendations at its last meeting in December.
Democrat and Republican leaders at the Statehouse agree – a long-term road funding plan will be the General Assembly’s top priority in 2017.