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Ind. Senators: Federal Transportation Bill Would Hurt State

Under a bill that is heading to the U.S. House of Representatives, governors could change local metropolitan planning organizations transportation plans to fit with state and federal interests regarding interstates.

Indiana’s two US senators voted against the transportation bill moving through Congress. Senator Dan Coats says he could not support it, because the federal funding Indiana receives is not equal to what it sends to Washington. The Senate approved the two-year spending plan, which now goes to the House for consideration. Republicans there are pushing for a five-year plan without concessions to Democrats. Indiana Department of Transportation Commissioner Mike Cline says something must be done before the end of the month, when the current continuing resolution expires.

“We understand there are challenges at the federal level with all the different requirements for input from all the different states with different types of issues and maybe some polarization of thoughts about what’s the most important thing to spend money on but we’re hopeful, not only for INDOT, but for private companies, our industry partners, contractors, suppliers, that a longer term bill would be there,” says Cline.

The Senate-approved measure would spend $109-billion over about two years and preserve or create an estimated 2.8-million jobs.



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