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Statehouse Week In Review: Budget And Prescription Drugs

Indiana legislators debated the state's budget and whether to restrict purchase of cold medications used for methamphetamine.

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Legislators are finding common ground on the state's budget.

Governor Mike Pence’s proposed tax cut is getting support from a Tea Party group while lawmakers say a decision on the cut has to wait at least another month.

The Indiana chapter of the Tea Party group Americans for Prosperity announced this week they will wade into the debate over Governor Pence’s proposed ten percent income tax cut. The group will air TV ads, make direct calls to lawmakers and conduct door-to-door campaigns in support of the proposal.

House Speaker Brian Bosma, who says he is one of AFP’s closest allies in the legislature, says he will not be pressured by the group’s campaign. Bosma and Senate fiscal leader Luke Kenley say the April revenue forecast will go a long way in determining whether the tax cut will be viable.

Legislation placing a yearly cap on the amount of over-the-counter ephedrine and pseudoephedrine Hoosiers can purchase was heard in a House committee.  The drugs commonly found in cold and allergy medicine are key ingredients in methamphetamine production. The cap would limit Hoosiers to eight months worth of the drugs without needing a prescription.

And the Senate Appropriations committee began hearings on the budget bill.  Republicans and Democrats agree healthcare spending, including Medicaid expansion, is the biggest question hanging over the entire budget process.

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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