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No conclusion on transportation funding

Posted at 11:01 PM, Feb 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-18 23:01:57-05

INDIANAPOLIS -- There are new indications of trouble for the plan to fix the state's roads and highways. 

House and Senate leaders say they have not reached an agreement on how to pay for the fixes. 

The Senate plan relies on borrowing. The plan from House Republicans includes increases on gas and cigarette taxes.

Speaker Brian Bosma says the biggest concern among lawmakers is voting for those increases in an election year. 

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"I've gotten a strong sense that this is a great plan, but it might not be the right time. I'm trying to make the case that this is the right time," Bosma said. 

"We are trying to find a path to work with the House to find a reasonable transportation plan that for the short term gets us some great investment in our roads locally and statewide," Long said. 

Gov. Pence has also said he would not support tax increases to pay for the construction. The legislature is set to adjourn in three weeks. 


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