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State Senate Passes Budget Bill

After weeks of debate, the state Senate passed its budget bill Thursday. 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.

“We must be visionary, proactive, reactive, financially astute, and apply Hoosier values and common sense in ways that reflect well on us as leaders of the state of Indiana,” said Kenley.

Kenley said the budget tackles the rising cost of Medicaid in Indiana, and focuses its education funding by putting children first. But South Bend Senator John Broden said the education reforms and changes in funding will strain school corporations’ budgets and jeopardize Hoosier’s healthcare.

“We continue to lag behind the rest of the nation, we continue to lag behind surrounding states in many cases on our inability to embrace home healthcare as an alternative,” said Broden.

The budget cuts funding to a home healthcare program for seniors and diverts some of that money into Medicaid. The bill now moves to conference committee, where the House and Senate will make additional changes.

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