Funding for Amtrak’s corridor route in the state becomes the responsibility of the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) in October. A lack of dollars would impact the Hoosier State route that runs from Chicago to Indianapolis. It has stops in Dyer, Rensselaer, Lafayette and Crawfordsville.
State Representative Randy Truitt (R-West Lafayette) says he hosted a meeting of other lawmakers, Amtrak officials and representatives from INDOT recently to discuss funding options. He thinks not acting is doing a disservice to the state of Indiana.
Indiana lawmakers get back to work this week for the second half of their legislative session. Besides the budget bill, roughly 200 other measures are being considered in the House and Senate between now and the April 29th deadline.
Representative Randy Truitt (R-West Lafayette) says there are a number of education-related bills still up for debate.
Indiana’s budget bill is headed to the House floor after undergoing a minor makeover in the Ways and Means committee Tuesday.
The panel considered majority and minority party amendments, making several small changes. Those include $7 million more in K through 12 education funding to fix an error in the formula and more money for the state’s Clean Water program. The committee voted 15 to 7 to pass the budget, with seven Democrats on Ways and Means voting against it.
A Lafayette area lawmaker says upcoming legislative deadlines mean there will be a push into next week to move a lot of bills. Representative Randy Truitt (R-West Lafayette) says many education proposal are among those needing final votes in both the House and Senate.
He says those include a voucher bill for low-income children to attend preschool and a measure regulating virtual charter schools. Truitt says he’s "not too excited" about another bill expanding the current school voucher program.
Two former city council members – one from Lafayette and the other from West Lafayette – are vying to represent the area which includes the two cities and the central portion of Tippecanoe County.
On November 6th voters in House District 26 have a choice of whether the area is heading in the right direction under Republican Randy Truitt or if its needs to change course with Democrat Rick Cornstuble.