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[s30] Sen. Schneider: Senate Passes State Budget, Concludes 2013 Legislative Session
Start Date: 4/27/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 4/28/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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STATEHOUSE (April 27, 2013) – State Sen. Scott Schneider (R-Indianapolis) lauded today’s passage of a new state budget that provides hundreds of millions of dollars in tax relief to Hoosier families. The two-year fiscal plan includes a 5 percent individual income tax cut phased in from 2015 to 2017 and provides increased funding for roads, child protection, K-12 and higher education.

“Bold tax relief will place more money in the pockets of Hoosier taxpayers and small businesses, stimulating our economy and driving new jobs to our state,” Schneider said. “This is an honestly balanced budget, placing an emphasis on paying down taxpayer-funded debt and making investments in roads, education and child protection.”

Highlights of the honestly balanced budget include:

• Tax Relief and Job Creation:
       o Cuts individual income tax rate 5 percent (3 percent cut beginning in 2015 and another 2 percent cut beginning in 2017)
       o Eliminates state inheritance tax, retroactively effective to Jan. 1, 2013
       o Includes funding for vocational education and workforce development initiatives

• Education:
       o Increases K-12 funding by $333 million over the biennium (2 percent increase in FY 2014 and 1 percent increase in FY 2015)
       o Increases university funding by more than $100 million per year
       o Increases student aid by $75 million over the biennium

• Roads:
       o Increases road and infrastructure funding by $200 million per year and sets aside another $400 million over the biennium for future transportation needs

• Child Protection:
       o Increases funding for DCS by $35 million per year
       o Provides $10 million per year for school resource officers (contained in SB 1)

• Health Care:
       o Transfers $250 million in FY 2014 to the Medicaid Contingency and Reserve Account

• Paying Taxpayer-Funded Debt:
       o 100 percent of excess surplus in FY 2013 goes to Pension Stabilization Fund
       o Pays back $91 million in charter school loan
       o Provides $215 million cash funding for university capital projects

In addition to the budget, Schneider pointed out a few noteworthy bills that passed during the 2013 legislative session:

• HB 1427 – Halts the implementation of new state standards known as the Common Core until the state holds public meetings to study whether they are rigorous standards that adequately prepare our students for future success.

• SB 517 – Creates a five-year pilot program to review property-tax assessments in townships where residents have noticed higher than normal assessed value growth. The program would look specifically at Center, Wayne and Washington townships in Marion County. 

The Senate is now adjourned “sine die”— which signifies the end of the 2013 Indiana General Assembly.

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Contact Information:
Name: Brady Hagerty
Phone: 317-232-9425
Email: bhagerty@iga.in.gov
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