Indiana Senate panel set to advance state budget plan

The Senate Appropriations Committee voted Thursday on sending its version of a proposed two-year budget to the Republican-dominated Senate.

Posted: Apr. 11, 2019 9:37 PM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana Senate Republicans advance a state budget plan that will show whether they've found more money to boost school funding.

The Senate Appropriations Committee voted Thursday on sending its version of a proposed two-year budget to the Republican-dominated Senate.

School funding would increase by just over 2% each of the next two years under a proposal approved in February by the Indiana House. Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb and GOP legislative leaders have touted the importance of addressing Indiana's lagging teacher salaries, but education advocacy groups estimate a 9% funding increase is needed to boost average teacher pay to the midpoint of Indiana's neighboring states.

The House and Senate have until late April to reach agreement on a new state budget.

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