Budget Deadline Looms In Indiana

by Rick Howlett on June 28, 2009

Time is running out on Indiana state lawmakers to approve a new state budget before the close of the fiscal year Tuesday.

A House-Senate conference committee has been trying for nearly a week to reconcile differing budget proposals.

Republicans who control the Senate say the one-year plan passed by the Democratic-led House would deplete the state’s rainy day fund and force a tax increase.

Democrats contend the Republican budget proposal falls short in the funding of public education and other areas.

Republican Governor Mitch Daniels said Friday he was still optimistic that an agreement would be reached before the arrival of July 1st, but he’s prepared use his emergency powers in the event of a government shutdown.

“I want to assure the public that if, amazingly, they choose not to act by Tuesday night, vital services, the most vital services will continue,”  Daniels said.

He said that means state police and the prison system would continue to operate as usual and public assistance checks would still be issued. State parks, the Bureau of  Motor Vehicles and most other state offices would be closed and some 30,000 government workers would be furloughed.


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Caleb Jensen June 30, 2009 at 2:01 pm

The story is interesting to me, as an contractor to the city government in Indianapolis, but I would suggest in the future to check your editing before posting a news story.. The typo’s are blatantly obvious. I expect better from an NPR station’s news.
“Repubilcan Governor Mitch Daniels” and “wouldbe” could be caught by a simple spell check. Please, for the love of NPR, try harder next time.

Rick Howlett June 30, 2009 at 4:05 pm

Mr. Jenson,

Thanks for pointing those out. Mea culpa.

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