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Indiana governor proposes 6% boost for schools next year

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana schools would see a 6% funding boost next year under state spending plans announced Wednesday by Gov. Eric Holcomb.

The Republican governor’s plan would give K-12 schools their largest funding increase in more than a decade even amid worries about an expected slowdown in the growth of state tax collections. The extra money comes with the goal of boosting the statewide average teacher pay by about $3,000 to at least $60,000 a year.

Holcomb’s proposal comes as the Republican-dominated Legislature is set to start its 2023 session on Monday, with its primary business being the adoption of a new two-year state budget.

The governor’s proposals also include eliminating textbook fees for public school students by directing $160 million toward local schools to cover that cost. Indiana is among a handful of states still allowing textbook fees, with Democrats and many education advocates long criticizing them as an unfair extra cost to families.

Other spending proposals include $300 million over the next two years to bolster local public health programs. The state now directs about $7 million a year to county health departments, which are primarily funded by local taxes.

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Slacker06 January 5, 2023 at 10:54 am

The public schools are already sucking down the wealth of Hoosiers to little benefit. NO MORE MONEY until they stop their crazy leftward shift away from parents and their children’s best interest. The schools already gobble up 80% of the property tax we pay. I say NO MORE until you straighten up and fly right. Holcomb is a RINO./ Stop believing in his foolish agenda.

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Slacker06 January 5, 2023 at 11:03 am

No one boosted my pay 6%. I got a lousy $100 increase in my Social Security. Inflation already took it all because inflation is twice as high as the government wants to willingly admit to. So Dopey Prince Eric the Chinless Wonder of Hoosierville want it all for wasteful public schools. NOT A SINGLE PENNY MORE FOR THEM.

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