Henry Appears On 'Inside INdiana Business' While In Indy

Mayor Henry Lobbies For Gasoline Tax Hike

By Eric Dutkiewicz

January 9, 2013 Updated Jan 9, 2013 at 7:48 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (www.incnow.tv) - Mayor Tom Henry, D-Fort Wayne, visited Indianapolis Wednesday, lobbying state lawmakers for a raise in the Summit City's gasoline tax.

Henry says gasoline tax revenues have significantly dropped in recent years, and that the increase is necessary for the upkeep of the city's roads.

Appearing on the television news program, Inside INdiana Business, Henry told host Gerry Dick that since the recession started, the City of Fort Wayne has received nearly half the funding from the state for road repairs.

"The infrastructure is terribly important," Henry says. "Not only for our citizens, so they have safe streets and roads to drive on; but also from an economic development perspective. When potential employers come in, if they see well maintained infrastructure in a city, that is certainly going to add to the tool box, if you will, that we use to attract those potential employers."

Henry concedes raising the gasoline tax in Fort Wayne will not be a popular one, but thinks there will be enough support for the tax hike.

To see more of the mayor's interview on Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick, click here. You can watch the program every Sunday at 11 a.m. on 21Alive.

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