Indiana state lawmakers return to the Capitol this week for their four-month-long legislative session.
Budget battles are expected to dominate the session that begins Wednesday.
Lawmakers will craft Indiana’s new two-year budget amid the tight finances of a recession that’s already taken a toll on the state’s economy and pocketbook.
Governor Mitch Daniels already plans $767 million in cuts to the current budget that expires June 30, in hopes of keeping it balanced.
Aside from the budget, lawmakers will also take on the task of fixing a broken unemployment insurance system and streamlining local government.