Legislature puts 'pragmatic' before 'conservative'

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Indiana's Republican-led General Assembly chose a more pragmatic style of conservatism after being largely left to its own devices during the 2013 session.

Republican super majorities approved a $30-billion budget with modest tax cuts and more roads and schools funding. They largely avoided hot-button social issues and made last minute decisions in some cases to study an idea before writing it into law.

Gone this year were the thousands of chanting union protesters and the court battles that sprung from previous sessions.

And Gov. Mike Pence's priorities were diluted some by legislative Republicans -- including his proposed income tax cut.

House Speaker Brian Bosma said early Saturday morning that the lighter tone was a conscious effort on his part. But Democratic leaders said the lawmakers failed the middle class.

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