South Shore extension sent to be studied by commission

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A bill to finance expansion of the South Shore commuter rail in northwest Indiana to Lowell and Valparaiso may be dead for this session.

The Senate Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee today gutted the bill, which would have diverted 350 million dollars in state sales tax money to the 1 billion dollar expansion plan.

The legislation now calls for the State Tax and Financing Policy Commission to study the commuter rail issue this summer.

Senate Tax Committee Chairman Luke Kenley says the proposal suffered from an over-reliance on state sales tax money.

Some legislators from northwest Indiana remain hopeful the rail funding effort can be revived this legislative session, which is scheduled to end March 14th.

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