2019 state budget

The state is willing to send funding to schools even if they enroll some 4-year-olds in kindergarten at the start of the upcoming school year. Officials say it’s a small but important shift from a change lawmakers made during the 2018 session.

Gov. Eric Holcomb defended how Republican budget writers prioritized the state’s dollars as he signed a new budget into law. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Gov. Eric Holcomb signed the state’s next two-year budget into law Monday as he defended how Republican budget writers prioritized the state’s dollars.

Funding For Doulas Cut Out Of Budget

Apr 25, 2019
Sen. Jean Breaux (D-Indianapolis) is the bill's author. She says the legislature was more focused on limiting women's access to health care than reducing infant mortality. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Jill Sheridan

A bill to cover doulas under Medicaid passed the Indiana legislature and was signed into law. The money for the measure, however, was stripped out of the budget in the last days of session.

General Assembly Passes Two-Year Budget

Apr 25, 2019

Hoosiers now know what the state budget will look like for the next two years. It boosts funding for education, but schools with declining enrollment will still lose money.

Republican lawmakers in the House and Senate reached a final agreement Tuesday on what will likely be the state’s next two-year budget.

A controversial payday lending bill died on the House floor. A revenue forecast projects less money for lawmakers to work with in the new state budget. And a bill to create payouts for exonerated prisoners is headed to the governor.

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

Public Gets Final Chance To Testify On State Budget

Apr 18, 2019
The Indiana Statehouse (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

The public got its last chance Thursday to weigh in on the budget bill as lawmakers finalize the state’s new two-year, $34 billion spending plan.

Department of Child Services Director Terry Stigdon. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

The Department of Child Services again asked state lawmakers Thursday to increase its funding by nearly $300 million per year.

Statehouse Democratic leaders Sen. Tim Lanane (D-Anderson), left, and Rep. Phil GiaQuinta (D-Fort Wayne), right, say Republicans are "nibbling around the edges" to solve the state's problems. (Tyler Lake/WTIU)
Brandon Smith

Statehouse Democrats say Republicans are only “nibbling around the edges” to solve the state’s problems.

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.”