If Indiana can’t afford better roads — and outside visitors routinely mention their sorry state — then lawmakers need to recalculate their priorities, especially in weighing corporate tax cuts against safe, driveable highways for Hoosiers.
Likewise, the Senate’s gutting of the $25-million local roads program troubled some legislators. Tim Skinner, a Terre Haute Democrat and Appropriations Committee member, told the Louisville newspaper, “I saw some real benefits to that [program] in communities around the state.” Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma saw the program as important, saying, “Locals have a lot of challenges, especially with the amount they’ve spent on salt — record amounts — and other maintenance and snow removal.”
Bosma promised the Legislature would continue discussing road funding until the session ends this month. Discussion is good, but it doesn’t pave roads.
— Tribune-Star, Terre Haute