budget

Great Lakes Programs Slashed Under Trump Budget

Mar 24, 2017

 

The health of the Great Lakes is in danger, according to statewide lawmakers and environmental leaders, due to budget cuts proposed by President Donald Trump.

The Great Lakes are the world’s largest system of freshwater lakes and the federal government currently spends around $300 million protecting them. Under President Trump’s proposed budget, that spending would be reduced to $5 million.

U.S Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Indiana) says that money wasn’t being wasted.

Peter Balonon-Rosen / Indiana Public Broadcasting

It’s the last day of school for Argos Community Schools and superintendent Michele Riise is busy — and running on only five hours of sleep.

“I don’t drink coffee, I drink Diet Coke,” Riise said, with a hearty laugh. “So I start with one every day in the morning. Right away.”

Today she set that caffeine to good use — she’s both superintendent and elementary school principal in Argos, a tiny district in the heart of rural Indiana.

Riise took on that dual role in September as a cost-saving measure.

Zach Bernard, WBOI News

The City of Fort Wayne may allocate more money to Parks and Recreation in the upcoming budget.

Dan Coats

Part One of our conversation with Sen. Dan Coats  covered topics like foreign policy, including the Iran nuclear deal and the fight against the Islamic State.

Part Two is about domestic issues. WBOI’s Katy Anderson talked to Sen. Coats about the budget, the presidential primaries, and more.  

Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Governor Mike Pence says he wants the 2015 meeting of the General Assembly to be an “education session,” and the budget Pence proposed Thursday shares that focus.

The proposal contains a $200 million increase in K-12 school funding over the next two years. That includes about $41 million more specifically set aside for charter schools. 

Office of Management and Budget Director Chris Atkins says that money would be used to increase per-pupil funding by $1,500 and would reduce inequity between funding of charters and traditional public schools.

Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

The Indiana Senate budget proposal unveiled Thursday does include an income tax cut, but it's not nearly as large as Governor Mike Pence proposed. Still, Pence says it’s a good start.

Last year, then-congressman Mike Pence made a 10% income tax cut proposal the centerpiece of his campaign.  But when House Republicans presented their budget earlier this session, Governor Pence’s tax cut was nowhere to be found.