Behning, Speedy: State budget plan makes substantial investments in education, public safety

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Tuesday, April 20, 2021 4:58 pm

Note to the press: Please include the following statements from State Reps. Bob Behning (R-Indianapolis) and Mike Speedy (R-Indianapolis) in your coverage of the newly released two-year state budget, which includes $1.9 billion in new funding for K-12 schools over the biennium and substantial investments in public safety. The updated spending plan reflects the April fiscal forecast that increases Indiana's revenue projections by $2.4 billion over the next 3 years:  

STATEHOUSE (April 20, 2021) – "Indiana consistently puts education at the top of the priority list when it comes to funding, and this year is no exception. Before the most recent revenue forecast, schools across the state were expected to see an increase in funding. Thanks to our strong conservative leadership and our economy rebounding, our state is able to further our commitment to Hoosier students and educators, and increase our investment substantially. Locals should use this additional funding to increase educator salaries to help retain and attract top talent in our classrooms," said State Rep. Bob Behning (R-Indianapolis), chair of the House Education Committee.

"Our commitment to fiscal responsibility is yet again paying off as Indiana is able to strategically invest in Hoosier priorities like public safety. Our law enforcement officers risk their lives each day to keep our communities and state safe. Indiana's next two-year budget allocates funds for local and state police agencies to purchase body cameras, invests in numerous programs to help fight crime and makes training grants available to departments across the state. These investments are in addition to a salary increase for our state police, conservation and excise officers. Providing our public safety officers with support and the tools they need is critical to keeping Hoosiers safe," said State Rep. Mike Speedy (R-Indianapolis). 

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State Rep. Bob Behning (R-Indianapolis) represents House District 91,
which includes portions of Hendricks and Marion counties.

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State Rep. Mike Speedy (R-Indianapolis) represents House District 90,
which includes portions of Marion County.

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