By BRIAN A. HOWEY, in Indianapolis
1. Road bill in 11th hour smackdown: Our Republican sources and assorted Statehouse spies are telling me that HB1002 is in full-throttle smackdown mode between Speaker Brian Bosma and Senate Appropriations Chairman Luke Kenley.
Key point of contention is the House version that wants all gasoline
tax funding roads and more money for municipalities. That reflects a man-on-the-street sentiment we’ve heard repeatedly: “I don’t mind paying a little extra gas tax, as long as it goes to roads.” Body language from key players like House Transportation Chairman Ed Soliday was grim at the end of business on Tuesday. House is due back in session at 11, and will then caucus.