House GOP roads chairman dismisses Pence funding plan

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Republican House Transportation Chairman Ed Soliday has dismissed Gov. Mike Pence’s roads plan as a ‘gamble’ that would not provide a steady stream of funding.

Soliday said on Wednesday that Pence’s plan relies heavily on state budget reserves for funding.

He said if lawmakers in the future do not set aside enough money in reserve, a provision to release the excess dollars for roads funding will not be triggered. That could lead to wild swings in money made available to fix the state’s poorly rated infrastructure.

Soliday also said he was “a little surprised” by how strongly Pence spoke out against the House GOP’s rival roads plan during Tuesday’s State of the State address.

The House GOP plan would raise gas and cigarette taxes, which Pence is against.

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