Rep. Frye: Paving the way for the 2016 legislative session

Posted by: Hannah Carlock  | Tuesday, December 29, 2015 9:00 am

Paving the way for the 2016 legislative session

We are ringing in the New Year, a chance for a clean slate and a new beginning. Just days after creating my New Year’s resolution, the 2016 legislative session will begin. Even though this year is a short, 10-week session, many topics and proposals will be discussed by state policymakers.

Road funding is at the top of the list of issues to be addressed during this year’s session. With a roadway network serving 6.6 million people and contributing $246 billion to our economy, it is vital we continue supporting our thriving transportation system. As the Crossroads of America, Indiana has invested in our roads and bridges by:

  • Completing or nearly completing 87 roadway projects;
  • Constructing 413 new centerline miles;
  • Reconstructing 65 interchanges;
  • Resurfacing 6,350 miles of highway; and
  • Rehabilitating or replacing 1,070 bridges.

Despite these accomplishments, there is still work to be done.

Roadways are key to economic growth and are the arteries to Indiana’s beating heart of productivity. However, funding is eroding due to inflation. Indiana’s state and local transportation systems are funded through revenues collected from taxes and fees related to cars and commercial trucks, along with some federal funding. Sales tax, driver’s license fees and gas tax go toward road funding for the Hoosier state.

We have made it more than a decade without raising the gas tax, but that has not kept up with the inflation of our economy. Because of that, and the fact that our vehicles are more fuel efficient, not as much funding is coming from the gas tax. This is why Indiana cannot put all of our eggs in one basket and should not rely on one single approach to get the funding needed for our roads.

Roads are a pathway to our economic success, and it is my goal to try and strengthen our transportation system while keeping money in taxpayer pockets.

As various road-funding proposals are considered, I will do my best to represent House District 67 and meet the needs of our communities. Please let me know your thoughts on topics being discussed this session by filling out my legislative mailed to your home or available online at www.in.gov/h67. Have a Happy New Year!

 

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Rep. Frye (R-Greensburg) represents Ohio and Switzerland counties, as well as portions of Ripley, Decatur, Jennings, Jefferson and Dearborn counties