How much are you willing to pay to fix Indiana’s infrastructure? That’s the question WTWO asked drivers today as they were filling up their gas tanks.
Indiana lawmakers are still working to reach an agreement on how to pay for road improvements. It looks like whatever they come up with will include an increase in the gas tax.
The road funding bill calls for a gas tax increase to finance road improvements. Lawmakers are now working in conference committees to resolve different versions of the legislation.
Most drivers say they don’t want their gas taxes to go up for any reason, but others are willing to do whatever it takes for Indiana to get back to having the best roads in the country.
“We used to have some of the best roads in the country, but they started wasting money, and letting the roads go to [profanity], so I can tell you plenty of roads that are horrible. Up here, down in Evansville,” says Indiana driver, Michael Ernest.
The Indiana Department of Transportation says fixing Hoosier roads and bridges would cost tax payers one billion dollars per year, for 20 years.
Both the Indiana house and senate have to pass the same version of the road funding bill before it would go to the governor for approval.