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[s31] Sen. Merritt: Senate Passes State Budget, Concludes 2013 Legislative Session
Start Date: 4/27/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 4/27/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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STATEHOUSE (April 27, 2013) — State Sen. Jim Merritt (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. HB 1001 now awaits the Governor’s signature.

“Today’s adjournment of the 2013 legislative session marks several victories for our state’s future,” Merritt said. “We have passed meaningful tax cuts for Hoosiers while increasing education funding and making key transportation investments that will support businesses and new job growth in our communities.”

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 the Department of Child Services 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, Merritt pointed out a few noteworthy bills that passed during the 2013 legislative session:

• SB 536 – Synthetic Drug “Look-Alike” Ban
• HB 1069 – Outdoor Event Safety
• HB 1002 – Indiana Career Council
• SB 177 – In-State Tuition for Veterans
• SB 433 – Abandoned Property

“I was pleased to see the legislature focus on important goals for our state like better protecting our children from criminals and cracking down on dangerous drug abuse. Our communities will certainly benefit from the strong public safety proposals advanced by the General Assembly this year,” Merritt said.  “Overall, this was a productive session that will continue to move Indiana forward.”

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


Contact Information:
Name: Molly Johnson
Phone: 317-234-9133
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