The Herald Bulletin

Morning Update

Breaking News

February 25, 2014

Vote delayed on mass transit bill

INDIANAPOLIS — A mass transit bill, which could lead to a tax increase in Madison County, will be considered today in the Indiana House Ways and Means Committee.

Chairman Tim Brown, R-Crawfordsville, heard testimony Monday on Senate Bill 176. It would enable several central Indiana counties, including Madison, to set up mass-transit programs. Brown decided to postpone a vote on the bill and several amendments until today to allow the Republican caucus time to discuss changes.

If the amendments are passed, the bill won’t look like the original one passed by the Senate last week. Proposed amendments would put the option for light rail back in the bill, take Hendricks County out of the list of counties and find some way to encourage corporations to lend money to the program.

The Senate version allowed for a voter referendum for mass transit funding in Delaware, Hamilton, Hancock, Johnson, Madison and Marion counties.

The House Roads and Transportation Committee stripped out language that originally had businesses paying 10 percent of the cost of a transit system. That committee had also added Hendricks County to the bill.

Rep. Gerald Torr, R-Carmel, the house sponsor of SB 176, said a proposed amendment would try to find a way to get some of that money back in without putting too much of a burden on corporations.

Torr was also in favor of adding light rail back into the bill as a transit option for communities to choose, if voters want to go that route.

“The prohibition of light rail takes away options for communities,” Torr said. “I don’t think it is a big deal if we put it back in.”

He said that the high cost of light rail makes it unlikely communities would opt for it, but he thought it was good to provide that option.

Text Only
Breaking News
Featured Ads
More Resources from The Herald Bulletin
AP Video
Couple Channel Grief Into Soldiers' Retreat WWI Aviation Still Alive at Aerodrome in NY Raw: Rescuers at Taiwan Explosion Scene Raw: Woman Who Faced Death Over Faith in N.H. Clinton Before 9-11: Could Have Killed Bin Laden Netanyahu Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction Malaysian PM: Stop Fighting in Ukraine Cantor Warns of Instability, Terror in Farewell Ravens' Ray Rice: 'I Made a Huge Mistake' Florida Panther Rebound Upsets Ranchers Small Plane Crash in San Diego Parking Lot Busy Franco's Not Afraid of Overexposure Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Helium debate
Helium
Front page
Poll

Do you think school is starting too early?

Yes, it shouldn't start until after Labor Day.
Yes, it shouldn't start for another week or so.
No, it's about right.
Not sure.
     View Results