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Bolger Proposes Road Repair Funding Plan

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Statehouse Speaker Jase Bolger has proposed a plan for how the state could raise badly needed road maintenance and repair funds.

Gongwer News Service reports that the greatest amount of money would come from sales and use taxes that are already in place. Bolger says those sources could yield $450 million for roads by next year.

Bolger would also replace the current per-gallon taxes on gas and diesel with a six percent wholesale tax on both. He says the change would be “revenue neutral” for gas but would raise about $50 million dollars from diesel sales.

Sehvilla Mann joined WMUK’s news team in January 2014 as a reporter on the local government and education beats. Before that she covered a variety of topics, including environmental issues, for Bloomington, Indiana NPR and PBS affiliates WFIU and WTIU. She’s also written and produced stories for the Pacifica Network and WYSO Public Radio in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Sehvilla holds a B.A. in French from Earlham College and an M.A. in journalism from Indiana University.