Gov. Pence signs mass transit bill

Indiana Governor Mike Pence (WLFI File Photo)
Indiana Governor Mike Pence (WLFI File Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Governor Mike Pence signed the mass transit bill on Wednesday.

Pence said he signed the bill to give Hoosiers the chance to decide on the future of mass transit in the greater Indianapolis area.

He released the following statement Wednesday afternoon:

“Our capital city is a world class destination and needs a world class transit system.  While I still have reservations about the sustainability of expanded mass transit services, I signed this bill because the General Assembly made significant improvements during the legislative process, bringing to closure years of debate on this issue. The final version contains no new, local corporate tax, which would have reduced our state’s overall competitiveness, and it contains no light rail, which would have greatly increased the cost to taxpayers in the long term.

I am a firm believer in local control and the collective wisdom of the people of Indiana.  Decisions on economic development and quality of life are best made at the local level. Whether local business tax reform or mass transit, I trust local leaders and residents to make the right decisions for their communities.  That, along with the improvements made to the bill, is why I have signed SEA 176 into law. Now the people of Central Indiana can decide.”

Following the signing of the bill, Mayor Greg Ballard released the following statement:

“This marks a significant step forward for the growth of Indy and the rest of Central Indiana.  I want to thank Governor Pence and members of the General Assembly who have worked on this issue over the course of the last few years.

Today is a day for Indy to celebrate but not the day to declare victory.  There is still much work to be done.”

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