Senate Bill (H)

DIGEST

Regional infrastructure improvement projects. Provides that the Indiana finance authority (IFA), rather than the budget agency, administers the local infrastructure revolving loan funds (loan funds). Expands the types of entities that may participate in the loan funds. Authorizes the IFA to issue its bonds to carry out the loan funds. Expands the types of infrastructure that are eligible for the loan funds to include bridges or other public ways. Authorizes an eligible county that is a member of a commuter transportation district to use money in the eligible county's major bridge fund to make grants for the commuter transportation system. Regional infrastructure improvement projects. Provides that the Indiana finance authority (IFA), rather than the budget agency, administers the local infrastructure revolving loan funds (loan funds). Expands the types of entities that may participate in the loan funds. Authorizes the IFA to issue its bonds to carry out the loan funds. Expands the types of infrastructure that are eligible for the loan funds to include bridges or other public ways. Authorizes an eligible county that is a member of a commuter transportation district to use money in the eligible county's major bridge fund to make grants for the commuter transportation system. Provides, that a regional development authority (RDA) may apply for a "FASTLANE" grant from the Federal Highway Administration (or a grant from any other federal program) for highway funding. Authorizes an RDA to enter into a supplemental funding agreement with the Indiana department of transportation (INDOT) or a political subdivision to contribute local matching funds to be used to pay a part or all of the nonfederal share of the costs necessary to carry out regional transportation infrastructure projects. Allows a county or municipality participating in an RDA to transfer money to a fund from its general fund or rainy day fund (or other available fund) to the RDA for purposes of providing funds for regional transportation infrastructure projects. Provides that a city, county, or political subdivision that fails to make a payment or transfer to a development authority as required is subject to a deduction by the state treasurer and a deduction of available funds from the development authority. Provides that the use of the major bridge fund for projects involving double tracking must be approved by the northwest Indiana regional development authority. Creates the regional development authority infrastructure fund (infrastructure fund). Provides that a regional development authority may expend money in the fund for certain infrastructure development projects. Provides that the Indiana finance authority will administer the infrastructure fund. Provides an adjusted gross income tax deduction to a taxpayer that makes a contribution or gift to the infrastructure fund. Allows a county, city, or town to provide local income tax revenue to the infrastructure fund. Upon recommendation by an RDA, authorizes a county or municipality to establish a cumulative fund for the purpose of funding regional transportation infrastructure projects. ... View more