Vote Expected on Transportation Bill Compromise

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As the 2016 General Assembly moves through its final hours, legislators are in position to sign off on major transportation legislation that has undergone significant changes. House and Senate leaders Wednesday reached a tentative deal that is not expected to raise taxes.

Previous versions call for cigarette and gas tax hikes. House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-88), who has pushed for a long-term funding mechanism, says a compromised, more short-term measure, will go up for vote. The session must officially wrap Monday, but it is scheduled to finish up Thursday.

Our partners at Network Indiana/WIBC report the proposal will cover two years and includes $1 billion for state and local road and bridge funding. It also keeps in-tact another $42 million for a third Regional Cities Initiative region, which will be paid for by the state tax amnesty program at the end of last year.

The House and Senate are expected to vote Thursday on the bill.

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