Debate: Where will money come from?




State lawmakers are looking for ways to pay for more road projects, including raising gas taxes, using state sales taxes or finding other funding.

Road funding is a frequent topic at the Statehouse, with gasoline tax collections staying stagnant and construction and repair costs increasing.

But legislators are spending more time on the issue this year, with the goal of making sure the state, counties, cities and towns have the money they need for roads, a Statehouse leader said.

“There are several ideas on the table. I’m very encouraged that many people are addressing the issue in many ways. There’s a lot more talk this year. It’s at much higher levels,” said State Sen. Luke Kenley, R-Noblesville.

Ideas include increasing the state gas tax from its current rate of 18 cents or spending more of the money collected on road work, allowing counties to collect their own local gas tax for road work, and using state sales tax money for roads, said Kenley, the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

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