Rep. Phil GiaQuinta discusses Indiana education funding, legislative session

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – One day after the state’s top Republican stopped in Evansville, one of Indiana’s top Democrats was in town to talk about education funding.

State House Minority Leader Phil GiaQuinta (D-Fort Wayne) sat down with Eyewitness News during Daybreak on Friday to break down the 2019 legislative session.

“When we look at the funding levels of where we should be, and what we’re afforded in the budget, which is about 2%. It’s not really frankly keeping up with inflation. From where I’m at, Fort Wayne Community Schools is receiving about 1.5 to 1.9% for the next two years. The Evansville Vanderburgh County School Corporation is less than that. It’s really frankly difficult to do the things we want to do with the traditional public schools if they’re not going to get the funding they deserve,” GiaQuinta said.

He said Democrats were able to pass an amendment in 2019 to help protect Hoosiers from losing coverage if the Affordable Care Act is dismantled on the federal level.

Health care, along with education, are expected to be big topics again in 2020.

Both the State House and State Senate are currently Republican majorities.

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(This story was originally published on July 19, 2019)

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