Ways and Means Committee

 

House Republicans made a change to their road funding bill that would open a $600 million hole in the next state budget.

The House GOP roads plan, as introduced, would gradually shift all sales tax on fuel dollars from the General Fund to road funding over the next few years.

House Ways and Means chair, Rep. Tim Brown (R-Crawfordsville), offered an amendment, approved by his committee, to make that shift immediate.

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The Indiana Economic Development Corporation will soon decide which regions are awarded $84 million for the Regional Cities Initiative, and lawmakers could decide this coming session whether more money will be given out.

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Local communities with casinos could face significant financial losses under changes made Thursday in the House Ways and Means Committee to gaming industry legislation. 

Communities where casinos are located currently get four pots of money because of those facilities: dollars from the admittance tax and the wagering tax, money from the state to supplement previous losses in the admittance tax, and money from what are called local development agreements, or L-D-As – essentially, side contracts with the casinos themselves. 

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Despite tax revenues that struggled for much of the fiscal year, Indiana closes its book with a surplus of more than $100 million and reserves topping $2 billion.  But Democrats say the state is hoarding money to make its bottom line look good.

Going into the final month of the fiscal year, Indiana was about $50 million short of expectations.  But a strong June helped the state end the year about $13 million above projected levels. 

IN House budget proposal

Feb 15, 2013

The budget proposal from Indiana House Republicans increases K-12 public education. The two-year spending plan is adding $344-million or a little more than 3%. Higher education also would get about a 3.5% more.

The GOP proposal does not include a 10% income tax cut, which Governor Mike Pence has been pushing. It also does not assume there will be any taxpayer refund at the end of the budget cycle.

Still, budget author and Ways and Means Chairman Tim Brown (R-Crawfordsville) says he’s not ruling the tax cut out.

Brown new House Ways and Means Committee chairman

Nov 13, 2012
Indiana House Republicans

The Indiana House Republicans have selected a representative from Crawfordsville to lead the powerful Ways and Means committee. Dr. Tim Brown (R-Crawfordsville) will first lead the committee during a budget session.

House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) says his choice for the leader of the Ways and Means committee was not an easy one, and says his pick of Representative Tim Brown was based partially on Brown’s medical background.

“It’s clear that the role of healthcare is taking an increasing role in the Ways and Means Committee,” he says.