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Panel advances $30B Indiana budget on partisan vote

Updated: February 19, 2013 9:30PM



INDIANAPOLIS — House Republicans are advancing a $30 billion budget that trades Gov. Mike Pence’s priority tax cut for more spending on roads and schools.

The House Ways and Means Committee voted 16-7 Tuesday along party lines to advance the budget.

Pence has dug in on his proposal to cut the state’s personal income tax and continues to say this week that he is “disappointed” in the House GOP changes.

The proposal now moves to the House where Democrats hope to force a vote on Pence’s tax cut.

The House plan spends roughly $200 million more on education than what Pence had sought. It also funnels $500 million to the state’s transportation fund by no longer diverting the gas tax to the State Police, Bureau of Motor Vehicles and elsewhere.



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