Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma says finances are tight and lawmakers will have limited options when it comes time to write the state's next two-year budget.
Bosma made the remark Wednesday at an annual conference previewing the legislative session, which begins in earnest on Jan. 3.
He says many may not realize it, but there won't be much to spread around after a couple key priorities are paid for.
That includes a likely funding increase for the state's embattled Department of Child Services. Bosma said Gov. Eric Holcomb will likely request a $280 million funding increase for the agency.
Lawmakers have also discussed finding a way to increase teacher pay.