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Mon February 25, 2013

Budget, Gaming Bills Among Many Moving Through Indiana Legislature

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A state budget and measures affecting schools and the gaming industry are on the long list of proposals still to be considered by the Indiana General Assembly.

The budget being crafted by GOP lawmakers who control the House does not include an income tax cut pushed by fellow Republican Gov. Mike Pence, but they say they’ll revisit Pence’s proposal after getting an updated economic forecast in April.

The plan would instead use the tax cut money to boost spending on education and transportation.

Among the bills awaiting action in the full Senate is a plan aimed at helping the state’s gaming industry compete with new casinos springing up in surrounding states, and a proposal to spend $10 million on school safety initiatives.

Lawmakers are also debating a proposal by Governor Pence use the existing Healthy Indiana Plan to expand Medicaid coverage in the state.