A group pushing for development of a $1.3 billion regional mass-transit system in two central Indiana counties renewed their push last week, urging lawmakers to approve a voter referendum.

The referendum, which requires the General Assembly’s approval, would ask voters in Madison and Hamilton counties whether they would pay a higher income tax to finance a transit system. The group, called Indy Connect Now, is made up of a coalition of business leaders, elected officials and higher-education institutions.

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