Indiana Senate offers $418 million plan to improve local roads

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By: Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Republican leaders in the Indiana Senate would like to set aside $418 million to improve local roadways, a proposal that comes after Gov. Mike Pence was criticized for leaving local roads funding out his plans.

Sen. Brandt Hershman, a Lafayette Republican, unveiled his proposal Thursday. The plan, which will be considered when the Legislature meets in January, would be paid for with reserve funds that are set aside when the state distributes the annual share of income taxes to local governments.

Hershman said the amount of money in the reserve accounts has been built up over time. His plan calls for a one-time expenditure that would use that money.

Pence, who didn’t include local roads funding in the proposal he announced in October, says he supports Hershman’s plan.