By Adam Frary
Like a bridge over troubled water or water under the bridge, how does your headline read? It really depends on how you look at the new bridges between Indiana and Kentucky.
There's no such thing as a free bridge, but let's do the math. For a daily commute from Indiana, the $1 toll each way adds up quickly. That's $40 a month for a daily commuter, like me, from Indiana. But just when I wondered why they call it the sunny side of the Ohio, I saw the next story.
Governor Mike Pence plans to cut the state income tax by 10 percent in the next two years, making Indiana the lowest taxed state in the Midwest, moving past Kentucky. That's about $20 a month per family. The way I see it, that's at least $1,000 in the bank for every Hoosier family before the bridges are even built, spotting you 10 years of your daily haul before it costs you a dime.
Build the bridges, cut the taxes, and let me spend that money on something I actually use every day. It's well worth the price of progress to spend less time stuck in traffic on the way to work and on quick trips to the east side of Louisville. Both will save me money on gas.
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