Indiana Infrastructure Task Force Approves Recommendation To Raise Taxes
By: Brandon Smith, Indiana Public Broadcasting
December 19th, 2016
INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana’s infrastructure task force approved recommendations Monday. They include raising taxes to generate funds for roads and bridges.
The task force estimates that the state needs, on average, around one billion new dollars a year for state and local road maintenance and new infrastructure projects. That’s over the next 20 years.
The task force recommends a variety of solutions to raise that money, including an eight to ten cent increase in fuel taxes, an alternative fuel vehicle fee, a new vehicle registration fee and potential tolling.
House Ways and Means Chair Tim Brown, who helped lead the task force, says the recommendations are built from a philosophy that people who use Indiana’s roads should help pay for them.
Senate Appropriations Chair Luke Kenley, the other task force co-chair, says he considers it mandatory for the legislature to approve its entire road funding solution in the 2017 session.
The task force also recommends automatic gas tax increases in the future, tied to measures such as inflation and average Hoosier income.