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State schools chief and mayors seek more funds from Senate

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Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) School Superintendent Glenda Ritz and a small group of Indiana mayors are making their case for more funding from the state.

Ritz and members of the Indiana Association of Counties and Towns told the Senate Appropriations Committee Thursday the state needs to spend more on schools and roads.

Gov. Mike Pence's budget included a marginal increase in school funding over the next two years while making room for a cut in the personal income tax cut. However, House Republicans rewrote the budget to spend more on roads and schools. It's now before the Senate.

The Democratic schools chief told the Senate panel the $30 billion House plan is a start, but not enough for schools. Mayors from Franklin and Lebanon also told committee members they can't afford basic road repairs.