Regional Cities funding for South Bend-Elkhart area may not be approved by lawmakers

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By: Brian Slodysko/Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A key GOP leader says a proposed $42 million funding boost for Gov. Mike Pence’s Regional Cities initiative does not currently have enough support to advance.

House Speaker Brian Bosma said Thursday that GOP lawmakers on the House Ways and Means committee oppose the proposal that’s one of the Republican governor’s major legislative priorities.

Pence first proposed the idea to skeptical lawmakers last year. Eventually he won them over to a plan that pitted metro regions against each other in a competition for $84 million that will pay for quality-of-life improvements.

Two regions were supposed to be selected, but Pence picked three and called for lawmakers to boost program funding to $126 million for the winning areas of Evansville, Fort Wayne and South Bend.