Long said the legislature wants to invest in infrastructure, but thinks local governments need to step up, too.
“We think they ought to have some skin in the game if they want this free money from the state,” state Sen. Luke Kenley, a Republican, said.
The budget bill passed out of the Senate Appropriations Committee Thursday on a 9 to 4 party-line vote. Democrats derided the proposed income tax cut, saying the money should be spent on schools and health care.
Democrat Sen. Lindel Hume of Princeton said the average Hoosier, making $50,000 a year, would see only $50 from the tax cut: “Less than $1 a week.”
“It’s just wrong for us to do that,” Hume said. “Most of the people in this state could care less about that dollar a week, and we seriously need that money to fund this state,” he said.
— Maureen Hayden covers the Statehouse for the CNHI newspapers in Indiana. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org