Indiana GOP Raises Taxes to Create Five-Year, $4.7B Infrastructure Plan

The plan includes building 122 miles of new roadways, rehabbing 1,295 bridges & resurfacing 9,628 miles of road.

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb said on Thursday that he was "incredibly stoked" to announce a $4.7 billion list of infrastructure projects across the state that will get funding over the next five years.

Holcomb and the GOP-dominated Legislature made raising taxes to pay for infrastructure projects a top priority this year.

Thursday's announcement by the Republican governor comes after the GOP-controlled Legislature passed a package of tax and fee hikes during the session that ended in April, including a 10-cent fuel tax increase that took effect on July 1.

"This transformational infrastructure program will be the largest non-stop sustainable building program that our state has ever seen," Holcomb said at an Indianapolis news conference where he unveiled his "Next Level Roads Plan."

"We're fixing things. And we're doing it now. And we're paying for it now," he said.

The projects on the list include efforts to rehab 1,295 bridges, resurface 9,628 miles of road and add an additional 122 miles of roadway, according to state figures. One major project is completing the remaining miles of Interstate 69, which will provide a direct route from Evansville to Indianapolis.

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