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TALLIAN: Full K-12, health care expansion funding must be reflected in budget
Start Date: 4/4/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 4/4/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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INDIANAPOLIS—State Senator Karen Tallian (D-Portage), Ranking Minority Member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, released the following comments regarding Senate changes made to House Bill 1001, legislation framing the state’s next biennial budget.

“First, I would like to commend Senator Kenley for his initial work on the Senate’s version of the budget and look forward to what will certainly be an ongoing process.

“I want to specifically applaud a number of Senator Kenley’s proposals. We are glad that the higher education performance formula has been limited. We are also pleased to see that both the House and Senate budgets are funding numerous university capital projects that would put Hoosiers to work now.

“We also appreciate the additional dollars put into transportation and infrastructure. We believe there is strong public support for putting dollars into local roads and bridges, although we do not support a wheel tax.

“Finally, I want to talk about Medicaid. It is certainly financially responsible to fully fund the Medicaid forecast. We also are pleased with the treatment of the Healthy Indiana Plan’s trust fund and believe the banking of those funds could be used to expand health care coverage.

“With that said, it is also my job to highlight the provisions that we do not agree with.

“Senate Democrats will advocate separating voucher funding from the traditional school funding formula so that we can keep better track of the costs connected to the program and fully restore the $300 million in cuts made to public education.

“The voucher fiscal cliff must also be addressed. After this year, the cap sunsets on a number of vouchers, and we could face an indeterminate liability. We believe that voucher funding should be a separate line item and that the amount of dollars be capped.

“The unknown costs associated with expanding the state’s school vouchers will seriously impact funding for Indiana’s public schools.

“Finally, the biggest jobs creator is the billions of federal dollars that are available for Medicaid expansion. This budget encourages Indiana to negotiate the best deal for all Hoosiers. However, this is not enough. This major public policy decision belongs in the General Assembly.

“We need to have this debate now before session concludes. It is irresponsible for the General Assembly to not put this on the table.”

Sen. Tallian represents Senate District 4 which encompasses portions of northern Porter County and Michigan City, Coolspring and New Durham townships in LaPorte County. For more information on Sen, Tallian, her legislative agenda or other State Senate business call 1-800-382-9467 or visit www.IN.gov/s4.


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NOTE: A photo of Sen. Karen Tallian can be downloaded at http://www.in.gov/legislative/senate_democrats/images/headshots/Tallian.jpg
Contact Information:
Name: Elise Shrock-Mannies
Phone: 317-232-9496
Email: emannies@iga.in.gov
Sen. Tallian
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