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Tentative Road Funding Bill In Place As Leaders Agree To Plan

Legislative leadership will now take the road funding plan to their caucuses for approval.

Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne), left, and House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) will take the details of a road funding plan to their caucuses for approval.

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Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne), left, and House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) will take the details of a road funding plan to their caucuses for approval.

House Speaker Brian Bosma says legislative leaders have agreed to a road funding plan in principle. Leadership will now take the plan to their caucuses for approval.

Though stingy on details, Bosma calls the agreed-upon plan the “strongest road investment” in state history.

“I can tell that you we believe – after a lot of discussion with the Senate – that we’ve met our mutual goals of long-term, comprehensive road funding,” Bosma says.

Bosma notes the plan is intended to last 20 years but acknowledges that the conversation likely won’t stop.

“Tolling is clearly a part of this long-term solution for every state and the federal government as well, so we’ll probably have a discussion about that in six or seven years,” Bosma says.

Bosma adds language directing a tolling study will be included in the road funding plan.

As for a shift of sales tax on gasoline dollars to pay for roads, Bosma says more of that money will be shifted and over a period of years.

This story will be updated.

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