FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence on Wednesday praised a short-term road funding package, saying it will pump millions of dollars in additional money into needed infrastructure improvements without raising taxes.
The deal reached in the last days of the legislative session will put roughly $230 million in new money into state highways and bridges over the next two years.
That is just a fraction of the $1 billion boost over four years that Pence sought, but it doesn’t include an election-year increase in cigarette and gasoline taxes proposed by House Republicans as a longer-term plan to increase funding.