INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would remake mass transit in Indianapolis lost a key sponsor.
Sen. Luke Kenley, R-Noblesville, withdrew his sponsorship of House Bill 1011 because he couldn’t give the proposal his full support. According to our newsgathering partners at the Indianapolis Business Journal, Kenley said he was skeptical of the financial plan for the proposal.
The bill calls for Marion and surrounding counties to hold referendums on whether to raise local income taxes by 0.03 percent to fund a new transit system. The proposal would double bus service and add a transit line from Noblesville to downtown.
Kenly expressed concerns about the financial aspects of the plan, but said he thought it should be up to local governments to decide the issue. An influential voice in the Senate, Kenley chairs the appropriations committee and serves on the tax and fiscal policy committee.
The Senate’s local government committee is set to hear the bill Wednesday afternoon. The tax and fiscal policy committee would likely hear the bill if it passes.