NewsPublic Affairs / February 19, 2019

House Republicans Unveil Proposed Budget

Original story from   IPBS-RJC

Article origination IPBS-RJC
Rep. Todd Huston (R-Fishers) is an architect of the House Republican budget proposal.  - Lauren Chapman/IPB News

Rep. Todd Huston (R-Fishers) is an architect of the House Republican budget proposal.

Lauren Chapman/IPB News

Indiana House Republicans want to increase education funding by about 2 percent each year in the new state budget – little more than inflation.

The House GOP caucus unveiled its budget proposal Tuesday.

Statehouse leaders of both parties say increasing teacher pay is a top priority. The House Republican budget gives schools an additional $461 million over the next two years, a little more than the current inflation rate in increases per year.

The caucus budget also includes Gov. Eric Holcomb’s proposal to spend state reserve dollars to fully fund a teacher pension fund, which will free up some money for schools to spend – potentially on teachers.

The House GOP broke with Holcomb over existing teacher appreciation grants, money that goes to high-performing educators. The governor proposed eliminating that program; House Republicans’ draft keep it in place.

The budget proposal also gives the Department of Child Services all the money it’s asked for – $286 million more per year than the agency got in the last budget.

At WFYI, our goal is to cover stories that matter to you. Our reporting is rooted in facts. It considers all perspectives and is available to everyone. We don't have paywalls, but we do need support. So if unbiased, trusted journalism is important to you, please join us. Donate now.

 

 

Related News

ArcelorMittal Sells Most Indiana Facilities To Ohio-Based Steel Company
7th Federal Inmate Executed This Year At USP Terre Haute
Indiana Union President Sentenced to 3.5 Years For 'Brutal Assault' On Workers