Senate panel to advance state budget plan

Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Senate Republicans are set to advance a state budget plan that will show whether they’ve found more money to boost school funding.

The Senate Appropriations Committee is scheduled to vote Thursday on sending its version of a proposed two-year budget to the Republican-dominated Senate.

School funding would increase by just over 2% each of the next two years under a proposal approved in February by the Indiana House . Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb and GOP legislative leaders have touted the importance of addressing Indiana’s lagging teacher salaries , but education advocacy groups estimate a 9% funding increase is needed to boost average teacher pay to the midpoint of Indiana’s neighboring states.

The House and Senate have until late April to reach agreement on a new state budget.

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