Arnold: Continuing to invest in Indiana’s infrastructure

Posted by: Victoria Klimczak  | Thursday, October 19, 2017 1:49 pm

This month, I will be taking on a new opportunity as the director of law enforcement with the Department of Natural Resources. I feel honored and privileged to have served Southern Indiana as a state legislator for the last five years, and I appreciate the community for giving me that opportunity. During my time in the General Assembly, I tried to accurately represent and advocate for the sentiments of those in our area. We passed legislation to protect Hoosiers’ safety, grow the state economy and support the hardworking law enforcement officers of our state. In addition, the legislature made significant investments to maintain and improve the Indiana’s transportation infrastructure.

During my first legislative session in 2013, road and bridge funding was increased by $215 million a year and $400 million was set aside in the Major Moves 2020 Fund, a program to widen and rehabilitate our interstates. In 2015, the state budget allowed for another $200 million to be transferred to this fund. The 2016 transportation legislation set aside $328 million for short-term road and bridge funding and created a task force dedicated to identifying long-term needs and revenue options.

This bipartisan task force developed recommendations that guided the comprehensive, long-term road funding plan enacted during the most recent legislative session. As a result, the General Assembly passed into law a plan increasing road funding revenue by $617 million for fiscal year 2018, the largest infrastructure investment in Indiana’s history. This plan is sustainable and responsible and will generate more than $1.2 billion in annual revenue by 2024. Our area alone will see more than $61 million over the next five years through the Next Level Roads initiative and another $7.4 million this year through Community Crossings Matching Grants.

Maintaining an efficient and high-quality transportation system has contributed to a strong economy, kept our state connected and continued Indiana’s legacy as the Crossroads of America. The roads and bridges in our state are essential aspects to nearly every Hoosier’s life, and these enacted plans have helped avoid funding shortfalls and improved miles of roadways without passing the debt to future generations.

I have truly enjoyed my time with the General Assembly working on these and other laws on behalf of our state and community. Again, I thank you for the opportunity to serve, and I look forward to continuing my public service in the future. I have always been a strong advocate for the DNR and its mission to protect and enhance the state’s vast resources, like reopening the Wyandotte Caves State Recreation Area in Crawford County and legalizing certain rifles for deer hunting. So, I am very optimistic about my new position.

As I transition to my role with the DNR, please continue to contact the Statehouse with any questions or concerns at 1-800-382-9841 or email h74@iga.in.gov.

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State Rep. Lloyd Arnold (R-Leavenworth) represents House District 74,

which includes portions of Spencer, Dubois, Perry, Crawford and Orange counties. 

A high-resolution photo of Arnold can be downloaded by clicking here.