Incoming Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch has stated she is committed to growing the Indiana farm economy and to finding a solution to funding road and bridge repair. In her first appearance before Indiana Farm Bureau since being elected, Crouch said she is committed to working with Farm Bureau to address the issues impacting Indiana farmers. She was the keynote speaker at Farm Bureau’s annual legislative kickoff lunch on Wednesday.
In an exclusive interview with HAT, the former state auditor said she is behind House Bill 1002 which is the vehicle in the General Assembly for funding repair of Indiana roads and bridges, “The legislature has taken the first step with this legislation.” She said Governor-elect Holcomb and she have met with top House and Senate leaders to discuss the plan, “We are all committed to a long term data driven solution.”
The bill raises money for infrastructure by raising the state gas tax, but Crouch says this is an approach that still needs a lot of discussion. She said 1002 is not going to be the final approach, “But we recognize this is a need that must be met.”
She said she is looking forward to working the Indiana farm community to continue to provide more markets and economic growth for producers. Crouch is responsible for administration of the state Department of Agriculture and the Office of Rural Affairs.