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House GOP Adds To Road Funding Bill

The Indiana House Republican Caucus announced their 2016 legislative agenda on Thursday.

The agenda included specifics about House GOP lawmakers' road funding proposal. In addition to raising the gas tax to match a rise in inflation, House Speaker Brian Bosma said their proposal would allow local municipalities with populations of at least 20,000 to implement a wheel tax. Currently only counties have that ability. The proposal also calls for the state to create a matching grant program for local infrastructure projects.

“Where they could, on a dollar-for-dollar basis, apply for grants created by the funds that we are proposing to raise here,” Bosma said.

The House GOP plan would allow counties to increase existing wheel and excise tax rates and adopt a new income tax dedicated to roads and bridges. House Minority Leader Scott Pelath said he's skeptical that the GOP proposal would be able to garner enough votes.

“I’m not as certain they can sell theirs particularly when it comes to, ‘revenue enhancements,’” Pelath said.

House Republicans will officially unveil their entire legislative package on January 10.

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