INDIANAPOLIS (AP) —
New Indiana Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb has proposed a slight boost in
state education funding over the next two years.
presented the governor's proposal Tuesday to the State Budget Committee. It
suggests a 1 percent funding increase for K-12 schools the first year and 2
percent the following year.
The proposal aims
to keep at least $1.8 billion in state reserves, or about 11 percent of
Holcomb proposes doubling to $20 million the amount for the state-funded
preschool program and $5 million to start a new office fighting drug abuse.
Legislators will be
debating the budget plan over the next four months. Democratic Sen. Karen
Tallian Portage says Holcomb's plan doesn't give enough priority to school
funding and expanding the availability of the preschool program.