INDIANAPOLIS (WTWO/WAWV) — Regular legislative business in the Indiana General Assembly ended Thursday, and Governor Eric Holcomb and State Sen. Jon Ford (R-Terre Haute) offered their thoughts as the session came to a close.
Ford’s statement read:
“This legislative session, Indiana Senate Republicans tackled a number of different issues, including drafting our next two-year state budget.
“K-12 education is receiving a historic funding increase of $1.93 billion, which continues to be 50% of our state budget. This is on top of the $3 billion Indiana schools will receive from federal stimulus money.
“The budget also eliminates $1 billion in state debt and puts more than $1 billion toward future capital projects, helping taxpayers avoid future debt.
“In addition, I worked on legislation that makes improvements to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program and authored another bill that includes COVID-19 as a cause if a line of duty death occurs for members of law enforcement and emergency service responders.
“I am hopeful that these and other bills passed this session will continue to improve the lives of Hoosiers and make Indiana communities an even better place to live, work and raise a family.”
Holcomb issued the following statement:
“This has been a historic legislative session and I’m grateful for all the support my Next Level Agenda achieved. Indiana will be in an even stronger position with this new budget which prioritizes investing in Hoosiers.
“The Regional Economic Acceleration and Development Initiative will lead the nation in encouraging community collaboration to improve quality of place and advance industry sector development. The raises for educators, increased education funding, expanded broadband access and workforce development grants are all game changers.
“Indiana will remain on a roll thanks to the teamwork of all those involved throughout this legislative session.”