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Indiana Legislature adjourns after approving roads package

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INDIANAPOLIS (March 10, 2016) — The GOP-controlled Legislature has approved a plan that will pump about $800 million into fixing the Indiana’s crumbling roads and bridges without raising taxes.

Lawmakers approved the bill late Thursday before adjourning for the year. The measure now goes to Gov. Mike Pence.

The plan taps into the state’s $2 billion budget reserve while shifting some gas tax money that was spent on other priorities back to infrastructure spending.

The agreement would provide about $232 million for improvements to the state’s highways while offering about $585 million to local governments for their own improvements.

House Speaker Brian Bosma said much of the $585 million is from local income tax collections held in state reserve accounts and rightfully belongs to local governments anyway.