Few government policies touch as many aspects of Hoosiers’ daily lives as road funding. Indiana’s roads and bridges connect our homes, schools, offices, factories and farms, and are indispensable arteries for our manufacturing and logistics-based economy.
Indiana ranks among the top manufacturing states in the nation, and 80 percent of our manufactured goods are transported to worldwide markets across Hoosier highways. Poor roads and bridges create longer travel times, resulting in a higher costs for businesses to produce and transport their goods. If transportation infrastructure is not placed on a fiscally sustainable path, Indiana’s current long-term economic competitiveness will be undermined.
The philosophy behind the House Republican long-term, data-driven plan is simple: the more we drive, the more we pay. Experts estimate our state highway system requires an average of $1.2 billion in additional annual funding over the next 20 years. The plan regains lost buying power by increasing user fees by 10 cents per gallon on gasoline, and directs all of the sales tax on gas to roads. Our proposal creates another ongoing funding source for local roads through a $15 annual motor vehicle fee and $150 annual fee for electric cars.
Indiana’s road conditions cost the average Hoosier motorist $491 in annual repairs. Currently the average Hoosier motorist pays just $19 per month in road-funding taxes. Our plan would only cost Indiana drivers an additional $5 per month. Put in perspective, the average monthly bills for cell phone service is $53 and cable television at $60, are considerably higher. If a long-term plan is not adopted, we can expect congestion, delays, frustration and costs to increase.
Show support for this data-driven plan on social media by tweeting #investINroads, and don’t forget to post photos of the worst potholes in your area with the hashtag #IndianaPotholes. Click here to learn more about our pothole contest.