GOP budget writer says tax hike for roads likely needed

INDIANAPOLIS (AP): A key Republican budget writer in the Indiana Senate says a tax increase is likely needed to pay for road and bridge improvements across the state.

State Sen. Luke Kenley said Wednesday that Indiana doesn’t have enough money to keep up maintenance of its existing roads and bridges, let alone undertake new projects.

GOP leaders who control the Statehouse say crafting a long-term solution to the state’s infrastructure funding woes is a major priority.

Kenley said a gasoline tax increase and charging tolls to motorists are two possibilities.

Incoming Gov. Eric Holcomb says he also wants to fund roads. He has declined to say what his preferred approach is, promising instead to offer more details in January.

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