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Indiana House Committee Approves GOP Budget Proposal

The committee approved Monday the Republican budget proposal, which includes increased funding for infrastructure and K-12 education.

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House Ways and Means Committee Chair Tim Brown (left) and House Speaker Brian Bosma speak at a press conference Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012.

The House Ways and Means committee approved the House GOP budget proposal Monday and is expected to move the budget bill to the full House Tuesday.

Democrats on the Ways and Means committee praised Chairman Tim Brown and his fiscal team for their work on the state’s budget, applauding certain portions of the bill such as its commitment to increased infrastructure funding.  And while Brown touted a $344 million K-12 school funding increase, Rep. Greg Porter (D-Indianapolis) says he is concerned that figure does not tell the whole story.

“It’s foggy. Representative Klinker thinks it says one thing, I think it says another and therefore the windows are tinted,” Porter says. “We talk about transparency?  These are dark-tinted windows when it comes to the school K through 12 formula.”

Porter specifically cited concerns that money cut from K-12 schools in 2010 was not fully restored to all school districts. Brown says the way the funding formula works, with dollars following the child to a school, means no single school corporation is guaranteed an increase.

“Each corporation is going to have either excitement or disappointment,” Brown says. “Each individual corporation may be impacted different than the general two percent, one percent.

The Ways and Means Committee will consider majority and minority party amendments to the budget bill Tuesday before passing it through to the House.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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