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Road funding plan still to come as legislative task force wraps up first half of work

A road sign in downtown Indianapolis that reads "Speed Limit 25"
Brandon Smith
IPB News
Lawmakers created a task force earlier this year dedicated to developing a long-term, sustainable road funding plan for the state.

A long-term plan for funding Indiana’s roads is still to come, after a legislative task force dedicated to developing that plan wrapped up the first half of its work Wednesday.

Its meetings this year were focused on gathering data. The actual plan will come next year, ahead of the 2025 budget session.

Much of Wednesday’s meeting centered on alternative fuel vehicles, such as electric cars, and what they’ll mean for state revenues. Indiana Department of Transportation Deputy Commissioner Joe Gustin said it’s hard to project too far into the future. He noted that different industry organizations have forecasts that vary widely.

“Up to about 2030, 2033, we’re in pretty good shape to figure out what might happen with EV and hybrid sales,” Gustin said. “After that, it becomes less certain.”

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What is certain is that state gas tax revenue — a primary source of road funding — will eventually decline as electric vehicles become more common. To help address that, Douglas Shinkle from the National Conference of State Legislatures said a few other states have introduced fees drivers pay at public electric vehicle charging stations.

“I think this is really oriented towards capturing revenue from an out-of-state electric vehicle driver,” Shinkle said.

Shinkle said those fees don’t yet amount to much money for states — but he expects those revenues to grow as the number of electric vehicles and charging stations grow.

Brandon is our Statehouse bureau chief. Contact him at or follow him on Twitter at @brandonjsmith5.

Brandon Smith has covered the Statehouse for Indiana Public Broadcasting for more than a decade, spanning three governors and a dozen legislative sessions. He's also the host of Indiana Week in Review, a weekly political and policy discussion program seen and heard across the state. He previously worked at KBIA in Columbia, Missouri and WSPY in Plano, Illinois. His first job in radio was in another state capitol - Jefferson City, Missouri - as a reporter for three stations around the Show-Me State.