Indiana lawmakers want to plug a hole in state transportation spending by diverting the state's sales tax on gasoline to transportation. Senate Appropriations Chairman Luke Kenley says dedicating the roughly $500 million generated from the tax should be considered as one option to pay for pressing transportation needs. The state is facing a sharp decline in transportation revenue with most of the money from the 75-year lease of the Indiana Toll Road already spent or allocated and a roughly $100 million decline in gas tax collections. Democratic Senate Minority Leader Tim Lanane said they were glad Gov. Mike Pence included more transportation money in his first state budget and that counties and towns urgently need the money.
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