Archive for January 29th, 2006

Toll Road vote draws near

The Governor’s “Major Moves” plan to sell off the Indiana Toll Road (and potentially other roads, rail lines, ports, airports, etc.) is moving into a critical period.

The authorizing legislation, HB 1008, is now eligible for second reading amendments in the House of Representatives. The bill could be considered as soon as Monday morning.

Representative Jackie Walorski (R-Lakeville) has announced she will be filing several amendments – including the establishment of a new Regional Development Authority for Elkhart, Steuben, and LaGrange counties, and some type of a guarantee that road projects in her district will be prioritized.

Representative Walorski, who previously was opposed to the Governor’s plan, changed her position this weekend, and now supports the proposal.

I think it is disappointing this debate has become a political fight instead of the policy discussion it should be. I continue to believe it is bad public policy to sell off an important public asset for a fraction of its value.

Three Indiana newspapers have put together an excellent online resource for information related to this proposal. Some of their collected articles are available here.

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