INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb is targeting some more state money toward a goal of boosting teacher pay.
Holcomb used his State of the State speech Tuesday evening to announce plans to pay off $140 million in teacher pension obligations owed by school districts over the next two years. The Republican governor says 100 percent of that money should go toward teacher pay raises.
The extra money would amount to about 1 percent more money to school districts. Holcomb and Republican legislative leaders have talked about the importance of finding ways to address Indiana's lagging teacher salaries, but the governor last week proposed just a 2 percent funding increase for public schools each of the next two years.
Holcomb also renewed his support for a state hate crimes law, saying the issue "has to do with people's dignity."