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Schools chief, mayors seek more funds from Senate; Tax cut debate continues

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Gov. Mike Pence's budget included a marginal increase in school funding over the next two years. Gov. Mike Pence's budget included a marginal increase in school funding over the next two years.
Mayors from Franklin and Lebanon told committee members they can't afford basic road repairs. Mayors from Franklin and Lebanon told committee members they can't afford basic road repairs.
INDIANAPOLIS -

School Superintendent Glenda Ritz and a small group of Indiana mayors are pressing for increased funding from the state.

Ritz and members of the Indiana Association of Counties and Towns told the Senate Appropriations Committee Thursday the state needs to spend more on schools and roads.

Gov. Mike Pence's budget included a marginal increase in school funding over the next two years while making room for a cut in the personal income tax cut. However, House Republicans rewrote the budget to spend more on roads and schools. It's now before the Senate.

The Democratic schools chief told the Senate panel the $30 billion House plan is a start, but not enough for schools. Mayors from Franklin and Lebanon also told committee members they can't afford basic road repairs.

Meantime, House Speaker Brian Bosma says a national tea party group's "erroneous" campaign ads have made it harder for lawmakers to support Gov. Pence's proposal to cut Indiana's personal income tax by 10 percent.

The Indianapolis Republican also said Thursday that Pence hurt his chances by springing the proposal on legislative leaders minutes before public announcing it during last year's campaign. Bosma said Pence should have asked him and others for their advice before committing himself to the cut.

Bosma and Pence have scrapped throughout the governor's first few months in office over the proposal. The tea party group Americans for Prosperity has worked as Pence's attack dogs through the battle, airing ads criticizing House Republicans for striking that cut from the budget.

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