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Main Street Marion seeks director

Former Executive Director of Main Street Marion, Kayla Johnson, has accepted a full-time position with the City of Marion. With it, the organization seeks an interim executive director. The position requires a publicly nonpartisan applicant. The position is part-time and requires about 20 hours per week. MSM is accepting applications through Monday, July 9.

– Staff Reports

Indiana to see 1-cent gas tax increase

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A gas tax increase will soon go into effect in Indiana.

Lawmakers passed a bill last year that raised the 18-cent per gallon tax by 10 cents in order to fund road repairs.

The 1-cent increase going into effect next month was part of a smaller section of the bill, The Journal Gazette reported . The increase is part of an annual inflationary adjustment that’ll continue through 2024.

“I don’t think the public is aware,” said Democratic Rep. Phil GiaQuinta of the small annual increase.

GiaQuinta said he opposed the bill because it means lawmakers don’t have to vote each year in order to raise the tax.

Indiana had the nation’s seventh-highest state tax and fee on gasoline as of April, according to the American Petroleum Institute, putting it behind Pennsylvania, California, Washington, Hawaii, New York and Michigan.

The average price for regular unleaded gasoline in Indiana is $2.88, compared to $2.09 last year, according to the American Automobile Association.