Unresolved Issues Still Burden Indiana Lawmakers

Several major issues remain unresolved as Indiana Lawmakers move into the final stretch of the 2007 Legislative Session.

Lawmakers from the Democratic controlled House, and the Republican controlled Senate, are working to find compromises on bills as the April 29th deadline approaches.

The only thing lawmakers are required do this session is pass a two year budget, and there are some significant differences between versions passed by the senate and house.

Both would increase basic spending on schools by more than 3% in each of the next two years, but there are differences in the way the money would be doled out.

There are also pending bills on property tax restructuring and relief, slot machines at horse tracks, and health care initiatives that could be funded by increased cigarette taxes.

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