Senate approves $30B budget, partial tax cut

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The Indiana Senate has approved a $30 billion budget, as senators prepare for negotiations with House lawmakers.

The Senate voted 38-12 Tuesday night to approve the plan. It includes a slice of the $500 million tax cut Gov. Mike Pence is seeking, new tax cuts for banks and others, and money for highway improvements.

Senate Democrats offered a series of amendments Monday aimed at expanding Medicaid, increasing schools funding and increase funding for other areas. But Republican senators easily voted down their attempts.

Pence said last week he was "pleased" with the Senate's effort to give him at least some of the tax cut he has sought. House Republicans stripped the tax cut from the budget they approved in February.

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