INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The Indiana House has approved a roads plan that would
raise the gasoline tax by 10 cents and increase vehicle registration fees to
fund improvements to the state's infrastructure.
plan has been a tricky sell for lawmakers in a state more accustomed to
passing tax cuts than increases. Supporters argue funding is much needed and
the plan responsibly addresses that need by asking those who use the roads
to pay for improvements.
Democrats have criticized the tax increase, saying it would hurt average
motorists. They also contend the bill would give the governor unchecked
power to impose tolls on roads.
measure passed 61-36, with seven Republicans joining the Democratic caucus
in voting no. An earlier amendment directs the entirety of the state's sales
tax on gas toward roads.