A modest increase in school funding is in the new budget plan that Republican House and Senate leaders revealed Tuesday night at the Indiana Statehouse, as this current session of the legislature winds down. The roughly $32 billion two-year budget proposal includes $464 million in new school spending, an increase just over two percent. “The Indianapolis Star” is reporting that suburban districts such as Zionsville and Hamilton Southeastern are set to win the most money while the state’s second largest school district, Indianapolis Public Schools, will lose millions of dollars.
As state lawmakers will be busy as today on this final day of this session, they are also seeking to change the needle exchange law to open the program up to more counties. Counties would be able to ask the state health commissioner for permission to start their own needle exchange program if they’re seeing a major outbreak of hepatitis C or HIV, like the one in Scott and Johnson Counties. The outbreak in southeastern Indiana now tops 143.