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.
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.