2019 Indiana Budget

Lawmakers wrapped up the 2019 legislative session with passage of a new, two-year state budget and a major gambling bill. But a vaping tax couldn’t make it to the finish line.

Here’s what you might have missed this week at the Statehouse.

Rep. Todd Huston (R-Fishers) and Sen. Ryan Mishler (R-Bremen) discuss the new revenue forecast. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Indiana budget writers will have about $100 million less to work with than previously anticipated.

A new revenue forecast unveiled Wednesday will help determine what Indiana’s new state budget will look like.

Senate Passes Two-Year State Budget

Apr 16, 2019

The Senate passed its version of the state budget for the next two years. Democrats are banking on getting some last minute changes ahead of Wednesday’s updated revenue forecast.

Rep. Todd Huston (R-Fishers) debates the budget bill with Rep. Vernon Smith (D-Gary). (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

The Indiana House approved the budget bill Monday along party lines.

Republicans and Democrats argued over the two-year spending plan’s so-called “statement of priorities.”

House Republicans are proposing a budget with modest funding increases for schools, as well as some additional dollars they say should go to educators, but advocates say it still isn’t enough for meaningful boosts to teacher pay.

The work of the 2019 legislative session began in earnest this week as the governor unveiled his budget, lawmakers debated a revenge porn bill, and hate crimes bill advocates launched a new coalition.

Holcomb's Budget Proposal Could Derail Hoosier State Line

Jan 10, 2019
Passengers board the Hoosier State train Friday Aug. 19, 2016. (FILE PHOTO: Chris Morisse Vizza/WBAA)
Samantha Horton

Gov. Eric Holcomb’s proposed budget eliminates the state’s annual subsidy to fund the Hoosier State Amtrak train. The announcement came as a surprise to local officials whose cities are served by the line.

Stan Jastrzebski / WBAA News

As we were preparing for this week’s Ask The Mayor conversation with Lafayette’s Tony Roswarski, a surprise announcement came from Governor Eric Holcomb’s budget wonks: the state plans to drop its support for the Hoosier State Line.

State Budget Director Jason Dudich, left, and Office of Management and Budget Director Micah Vincent, right, present Gov. Eric Holcomb's proposed budget. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

State policymakers will have more new money in the upcoming two-year state budget than many previously thought.

Education took up more than half of the state’s last two-year budget, and so far teacher pay looks to be a big focus in 2019, but that’s not the only education issue policymakers plan – or need – to address next year.

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