Indiana panel rejects proposed $291 million teacher pay hike

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(AP) – An Indiana House committee has rejected a Democratic proposal to direct $291 million in unexpected state tax revenue toward one-time teacher pay bonuses.

The Republican-controlled House Ways and Means Committee voted 13-7 along party lines against the proposal, going along with GOP Gov. Eric Holcomb’s request that the revenue go toward paying cash rather than borrowing money for several planned college campus construction projects.

Democrats argued that with current low interest rates the money would be better spent on addressing the state’s lagging teacher pay.

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(This story was originally published on January 7, 2020)

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