INDIANAPOLIS – State Senator Karen Tallian (D-Portage) released the following statement after initiatives to improve House Bill (HB) 1001 were rejected on the Senate floor.

“Not often do all parties agree, but Governor Pence and legislative Republicans and Democrats have all recognized the daunting scale of Indiana’s infrastructure crisis.

“It’s a wave and it’s just starting to break. There are more than 1,700 structurally deficient bridges in Indiana and pavement conditions will continue to decline at current spending levels.

“You can’t repave or repair roads and bridges with press releases or more studies. Indiana needs, and Hoosiers want, a long-term, sustainable funding solution.

“The legislature’s attempt at sustainable, long-term road and bridge repair funding is stuck in park.

“Place a moratorium on any new tax cuts – including scheduled corporate and financial institutions income tax cuts. Redirect the nearly $100 million annually to maintenance projects. It’d be a step toward finding a long-term solution.

“By hitting pause, we can focus attention and resources on rebuilding local communities.

“This can’t wait. Every minute we delay, roads and bridges are falling further into disrepair and they only get more expensive to fix.”

Sen. Tallian represents Senate District 4 which encompasses portions of northern Porter County and Michigan, Coolspring and New Durham townships in LaPorte County. For more information on Sen. Tallian, her legislative agenda or other State Senate business call 1-800-382-9467 or visit www.IN.gov/s4.

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