Indiana House Democratic Leader Pelath issues statement about HB 1002
Indiana House Democratic Leader Scott Pelath from Michigan City Thursday issued the following statement after the House approved legislation (House Bill 1002) that implements a Republican plan to finance infrastructure improvements through increases in taxes and tolls: “While people should take heart at the fact that the Indiana General Assembly appears destined to pass an infrastructure improvement plan this session, today’s vote shows we have a long way to go before we have an equitable, fair plan. “Far too many House Republicans remain convinced that the way to solve this problem is by raising taxes at the pump and your local license branch. Perhaps that point of view might garner them some free cocktails at their local country club, but I believe they would get a different point of view if they expressed the same opinion at the local diner. They might end up wearing drinks rather than sharing them. “In its current form, House Bill 1002 raises taxes on practically every Hoosier, except for the very elite. You will pay more every time you fill up your car with gas. You will pay more when you write that check to renew your license plates. The more cars you have, the more you will pay. “As this bill moves over to the Indiana Senate, I am hopeful that negotiations and careful deliberations about the long-term impact of this legislation will continue. There is a path to follow. All it takes is the kind of courage that recognizes you do not have to inflict the largest tax increase in state history on the people who can least afford it.”
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