Ind. lawmakers approve budget; Changes to income tax, education

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by Associated Press

WHAS11.com

Posted on April 27, 2013 at 9:07 PM

INDIANAPOLIS (WHAS11) – The Indiana General Assembly has approved a two year, $30 billion budget which means changes to income taxes and education in Indiana.

Lawmakers worked into the early morning hours Saturday to reach an agreement.

The new budget includes a 5 percent reduction in the state income tax.

Lawmakers also agreed to expand the state’s school voucher program.

Many democrats say shifting tax money to private, religious schools will ultimately prove to be the death of the public school system but republican supporters of the voucher program scoff at that.

"Heaven forbid that an F school would close or that a failing school would allow parents to have choices and actually send their child to a school that might better fit their needs," Rep. Robert Behning the Indianapolis Republican said.

Lawmakers have also voted to change sentencing laws that would require those convicted of the most serious crimes to spend more time in prison.
 

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