-- The Indiana House has approved a two-year state spending proposal that
relies on revenue from a $1 per-pack cigarette tax increase.
The $31.7 billion
budget put forward by House Republicans was passed Monday on a 68-29 vote.
It now heads to the GOP-controlled Senate, which will make its own changes
to the measure in the weeks to come. A final plan must be agreed to by both
chambers before it is sent to Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb.
includes a modest funding increase for K-12 education and directs an
additional $10 million to the state’s preschool pilot program for needy
It sets aside $5
million for efforts to be undertaken by Gov. Eric Holcomb’s new drug czar
and would give Indiana state troopers a pay raise.