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May 24, 2013

NASH: The roads we must travel

The Indiana State Legislature has finished its 2013 session and passed an income tax cut for hard working Hoosiers. The tax cut of 5 percent, which was half as much as Gov. Mike Pence was asking for, had been a campaign pledge of the 2012 gubernatorial election.

 As the governor and his cohorts are busy patting themselves on the back for all the money that they are returning to the taxpayers, I can think of several things they could have spent that money on. I just don’t understand how our Southern Indiana lawmakers  haven’t noticed the interstate highway to get to Indianapolis is falling apart.

My portion of the income tax cut will be under $100 and it won’t pay for any damage to my car if I hit another one of those bumps in the road. I don’t exactly know what they are; they’re not pot holes, they’re just rough patches that feel like you have hit a speed bump at 70 miles per hour when you go over them.

I drive Interstate 65 between Sellersburg and just north of Columbus every couple of weeks and something needs to be done about it soon. The stretch of road between Scottsburg and Seymour is especially bad. I avoid the right lane at all costs when I travel.

The last governor talked and talked about his groundbreaking deal to lease Indiana’s toll road to improve the infrastructure for the entire state. Major Moves committed an additional $2.6 billion to construction projects around the Indiana. It was suppose to be the envy of all the other states. From the roads I have driven lately, Indiana is behind when it comes to maintaining its roads.

One problem is it hasn’t been that long since the road was totally overhauled and it is already in need of more work. All of the money from Major Moves has been spent, yet the road from Louisville to Indianapolis is crumbling.

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