Indiana's economy appears to be improving, based on the latest jobs report, and that could foreshadow higher state revenues for next year.
Universities have been petitioning the state this week for additional funding, but they are not the only ones seeking part of Indiana's $2 billion surplus.
Amtrak is asking the state for subsidies even as the Hoosier State Line lost riders during the past year.
After three days of negotiations behind closed doors, House and Senate Republicans released what they hope is the final version of the state budget.
Legislators continue work on the budget as the 2011 session winds down.
Bill sponsor Luke Kenley said the Senate stayed true to its goal of creating a budget that would not raise taxes or lead to deficit spending.
A bill being considered at the statehouse would cut funding for some grants including the Children of Disabled Veterans.
University-wide, more than 4,000 seniors qualified for the incentive for a total cost of about $1,188,600.
As a response to concerns from the State Budget Committee, IU's President has begun a program which could offset some of the school's planned tuition increases.