Regional Cities funding boost backed by Indiana Senate Republicans

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By: Tom Davies/Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Republicans who control the Indiana Senate are supporting a request from Gov. Mike Pence for an extra $42 million toward the new state grant program aimed at encouraging counties and cities to collaborate on regional development projects.

Legislators last spring approved $84 million for the Regional Cities program, with the money coming from a state tax amnesty program allowing people and businesses to pay up on overdue taxes.

After that amnesty period collected more than planned, a state board voted in December to give $42 million each toward three proposals from among seven submitted around the state.

Senate Appropriations Chairman Luke Kenley said Tuesday he decided to support the additional money after being surprised by the level of cooperation among the regional groups.