House committee passes mass transit bill

January 30th, 2013 at 1:02 pm by under Jim Shella's Political Blog

The bill that could lead to a new mass transit system in Central Indiana advanced in the General Assembly this morning. A committee in the Indiana House of Representatives voted 11-to-1 for the measure that calls for a referendum on local income tax hikes in Hamilton and Marion Counties.

The hikes would increase taxes .3%.

The money would be used to build a better bus system. The plan has the support of Mayor Greg Ballard but failed to win approval in two previous sessions of the legislature.

Ron Gifford of Indy Connect Now says attitudes are changing.  “I think a lot of legislators understand now that local governments face a lot of different challenges,” he said, “and that local communities have different needs and they need different ways to deal with those needs.”

The mass transit bill now goes to the House Ways and Means committee for further consideration.

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