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NIRPC Panel: For Rail Expansion, Against SB 367

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Region planners are moving toward taking a stand against legislation earmarking four-million dollars for the Northwest Indiana RDA to put toward extending the South Shore line to Dyer. Senate Bill 367 closes a tax loophole that makes it possible for wealthy seniors to claim a tax credit designed for low-income Hoosiers and directs monies expected in annual savings toward expanding the commuter line in Lake County via the RDA. The funds derived from the tax credit come from casinos in Hammond, Gary and East Chicago for local economic development. Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr, who chairs the Legislative Committee of the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC), called on the committee to oppose the measure, over the money being forwarded to the RDA rather than going back to those cities. The NIRPC resolution clarifies that it does support expansion of the South Shore.


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