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House committee mulls corporate contribution to mass transit

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Whether to make businesses ante up for the creation of a mass-transit system they have pushed for will be a key consideration in House Republicans’ vote on the issue Monday at the Indiana Statehouse.

The House Ways and Means Committee on Monday morning took up Senate Bill 176, which authorizes central Indiana counties to pass tax increases for a regional mass-transit system, with four amendments. One of the amendments would require 10 percent of revenue for the system to come from non-traditional sources, not local tax sources or fares.

Indy Chamber lobbyist Mark Fisher said there’s nothing to prevent IndyGo or any future regional transit authority from being supported by private-sector donations, but he said, “This gives them more of a stick.”

What form that "stick" might take isn't spelled out in the proposed amendment, but Fisher said there have been discussions about using advertising, public-private partnerships to build transportation stops, or revenue guarantees, in which case a company might agree to buy so many passes each year.

Chairman Tim Brown, R-Crawfordsville, held off on voting, saying the Republican caucus wanted to discuss the bill, especially the issue of private-sector funding. The committee will convene and take votes later Monday.

The bill already passed the House Roads and Transportation Committee, which stripped out original language requiring 10 percent of revenue to come from a local corporate-income tax.

Other amendments before Ways and Means would remove the bill’s prohibition against the use of light rail; remove Hendricks County as one of the counties that may hold a referendum on the tax increase and join a regional transit system; and restore language about the extent of service available in a county.

The transit bill passed the Indiana Senate 28-20 earlier this month.

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  • Where's the Analysis
    Where did the 10% come from? What is the basis for this rate? Do the mental dwarfs in the legislature ever do any analysis before they craft policies and/or propose funding sources.
  • Same old
    Same old good old boy network. Business wants mass transit, BUT We the people get to pay the bill. WAY TO GO INDIANA

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  1. Now if he'd just stay there...

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  4. Joe ... Marriage is defined in the Bible ... it is mentioned in the Bible often. Marriage is not mentioned once in the US or Indiana Constitution ...

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