INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.--- A top state lawmaker says Indiana's settlement of its dispute with big tobacco companies that's set to bring $217 million to the state will help Indiana meet its obligations for several health-related programs.
Indiana received about $68 million in April under an unfavorable October federal arbitration ruling, rather than the $131 million the state had expected under the landmark 1998 nationwide agreement between states and major tobacco companies.
But The Indianapolis Star reports the settlement announced Thursday calls for Indiana to get another $24.8 million this year, bringing its 2014 total to $92.8 million.
Indiana will also receive a $124 million payment in 2015.
State Sen. Luke Kenley says the settlement is "important to stabilize that source of revenue" for health-related programs that money funds.