INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WISH) - A senate committee's decision to put the brakes on the mass transit plan out of Marion County received mixed reaction on Tuesday.
Polarized groups expressed either disappointment or elation depending on their support or opposition of the bill.
Grassroots organization, American for Prosperity said it has spoken against the plan for a so-called "silent majority." It praised the State Senate's Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee for sending the bill to a study committee.
"We feel that it's fully appropriate that the statehouse will take a much closer look at this before we get into something that we could really regret one day," director Chase Downham said.
Downham said Americans for Prosperity did not oppose the interest in upgrades to transportation systems but has spoken against the government's reliance on tax increases to foot the transit plan's bill.
City religious leaders forming IndyCAN (Congregation Action Network) supported the bill. Darren Cushman Wood, pastor for North United Methodist Church said the public transportation ideas would help improve the lives of central Indiana families by providing better access to employment and healthcare.
"We see it as part of a vision of opportunity and unity," he said. "We think it's time for the people to decide in a referendum and the referendum process will allow for plenty of public debate and conversation.
A transit plan could make its way to voters if the General Assembly approves one in 2014.
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department was investigating three cases where victims say they were robbed at gunpoint while they warmed up their vehicles.
Gov. Mike Pence's proposal to phase out the business personal property tax continues to get a chilly reception from local officials and state lawmakers.
Officials say one person was taken to a local hospital in serious condition Monday afternoon after being hit by a car while walking along an Indianapolis street.