Gov. Holcomb wants to use state’s reserves to pay for new state fairgrounds swine barn

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb wants to dip into the state’s reserves to pay for a new state fairgrounds swine barn.

Indiana State Fairground officials say this is a $50 million project that will replace its old swine barn with a new building that can host events year-round.

The new building will be called the Fall Creek Pavilion and will still house livestock during the state fair.

Most of the current building that opened in 1923 will be demolished. Work could start after next year’s state fair.

Gov. Holcomb proposed taking about two billion dollars in reserves to pay cash for the project.

Democrats are criticizing that idea saying the money should go to priorities like raising teacher pay or access to affordable childcare.

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(This story was originally published on July 22, 2019)

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