Education spending debate matter of priorities

The Associated Press and Tribune staff reports


Top Democrats and Republicans in the General Assembly agree that more money is needed to improve Indiana’s education system in the next two years, but how that money will be spent is a point of debate.

House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, has said throughout the session that he would like to spend more on education, but he has yet to say how much or where. Rep. Greg Porter, D-Indianapolis, the top Democrat on the House Ways and Means Committee and the former chairman of the House Education Committee, has said the state should repay the $300 million cut from public schools during the recession.

Education spending is typically at the center of most budget battles in the Statehouse because it accounts for a massive share of the state’s spending. This year is no exception, as lawmakers ponder whether to spend the state’s surplus on more services like education or a $500 million tax cut sought by Gov. Mike Pence.

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