This week, I was proud to vote in support of a bill aimed at improving our roads and bridges in the Indiana House of Representatives.
It is no secret that our local infrastructure in Henry County and the surrounding areas is in need of repair and improvement. I know as well as anybody in District 54 that I-70 and other roads that run through our region have a lot of room for improvement. We need to work toward a solution that is comprehensive, long-term and responsible, ensuring safe roads and bridges for generations of Hoosiers to come. Our plan does just that.
House Bill (HB) 1001 provides dedicated funding mechanisms for future and existing road funding needs. It is a step in the right direction in making sure Indiana lives up to its reputation as the Crossroads of America.
Unlike other short-term proposals, this bill provides for ongoing, sustainable funding to maintain our roads and bridges at the state and local level. I am pleased to join my colleagues who crafted this legislation, Reps. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) and Tim Brown (R-Crawfordsville), in delivering real infrastructure solutions.
This bill calls for the gas tax, which has not increased in more than 10 years, to be indexed to reflect the change in buying power from 2002 to today. In addition, the bill redirects the sales tax on gasoline over time to fund Indiana’s roads and bridges. Currently, the equivalent of only one cent of the sales tax on gasoline is dedicated to the Motor Vehicle Highway Account. This bill would capture an additional 4 cents for roads and bridges. To offset the shift of gas sales taxes, the bill provides new revenue for Medicaid – allowing existing funds to be redirected back to roadways.
I know folks are frustrated with the condition of our roads and for good reason. HB 1001 would put in place funding mechanisms and local tools to address these problems on an ongoing basis instead of kicking the can down the road. I am proud that I cast a vote on the House floor in favor of our roads plan.
If you have any questions or input that you’d like me to hear, please contact my office at 317-232-9509 or email me at email@example.com.
Rep. Saunders (R-Lewisville) represents Henry County and portions of Rush and Wayne counties.