Pence’s $400M for state roads approved, some leaders not happy

Indiana Statehouse (WLFI File Photo)
Indiana Statehouse (WLFI File Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (WLFI) – Gov. Mike Pence also won approval for the request he made in the State of the State Address to get up to $400 million freed up for new road construction.

Some of that money is targeted for additional lanes on Interstates 65 and 70. Bi-partisan support came despite Democratic complaints that some of the money should go to cities and towns.

“The local streets and county roads have had the same winter that the state is having and they’re not getting any help,” said  State Rep. Sue Errington (D-District 34).

State Rep. Ed Soliday (R-District 4) said, “It creates a lot, a lot of jobs. It deals with a lot of congested areas through our state. There are projects all over the state.”

The Indiana House backed his idea to provide vouchers for preschool education.

It voted 92 to 8 for a pilot program for 3,000 disadvantaged students. This program is three times larger than previously considered. The state Senate must vote on that later.

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