Funding

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An Indiana congressman introduced a bill that would block federal funding for schools and colleges if they don’t offer classroom teaching by this fall.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer have agreed to $321 million in spending that will be used to combat the coronavirus, provide financial assistance for older adults go to community college and partially revive the state's tourism advertising campaign.

The supplemental bills won bipartisan approval from the Republican-led House on Tuesday and could be passed by the GOP-controlled Senate on Thursday.

The Democratic governor will sign the legislation.

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Lawmakers are considering restrictions on how often schools in need of additional funding can propose referendum measures to local taxpayers, and education groups are once again pushing back on the proposal.

Right now, schools can propose referenda twice a year and in school-funded special elections, but lawmakers added a proposal into a bill this week that would limit those to general elections – about once every two years.

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At a hotel near the interstate in Elkhart, you might find Janet Reason serving drinks to business travelers in the lobby. She often starts up conversations with folks by asking what company they’re working with.

"The funny thing is when they say what company, I already know the HR’s [reps] name off the top of my head," Reason says.

She knows all their names because for the past five years she worked for the Northern Indiana Workforce Board. But earlier this year, on April Fool's day, everything changed.  

Indiana Governor Changes Stance On Teacher Pay Action

Jan 7, 2020
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s governor has opened the door to potentially boosting school funding and teacher pay after weeks of refuting any plans on such action until next year.

Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb didn’t give any details Monday of what he would propose during his annual State of the State speech next week, while a top legislative Democrat promised his party would push for more school funding in the wake of a November rally that drew several thousand teachers to the Statehouse.

The Republican-dominated Legislature began its 2020 session on Monday.

Report: Funding For IDEM Decreased Over Last Decade

Dec 29, 2019
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A report has found that funding for the Indiana agency that oversees hazardous spills and the safety of water and air has been decreasing over the last decade.

The Environmental Integrity Project's report also concluded that the $35 million loss in funding for the Indiana Department of  Environmental Management happened even as the state government's spending budget increased. 

Tim Maloney, senior policy director for the Hoosier Environmental Council, says the state's economy may be negatively affected if environmental issues go unaddressed. 

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The Indiana State Board of Education approved a proposal that will cut state funding from some family and consumer science (FCS) classes starting next school year, after board members held a procedural vote at a special meeting Friday.

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At Pike High School in Indianapolis, nutrition teacher Kam Bontrager is guiding students through their last lab of the semester. The task for the day? Making smoothies. 

His class is part of the Family and Consumer Sciences program. It has, among other things, classes in nutrition, child development, and interpersonal relationships. They teach skills an average adult uses daily – things like using a measuring cup, how to write a resume, or avoid sexually transmitted diseases.

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The St. Joseph County Council voted to table a bill that would fund the 911 Dispatch Center by taking tax dollars from local libraries, Transpo, and the airport.

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Work to advance immunotherapy for cancer treatment is getting a boost in Indiana through “cancer moonshot” funding. 

Holcomb Announces First Round Of Trails Grants

May 2, 2019
Brandon Smith

Dozens of organizations across Indiana will get money to build out more than 40 miles of new trails.

Gov. Eric Holcomb announced the first round of his trails grant program Thursday.

Funding For Doulas Cut Out Of Budget

Apr 25, 2019
Jill Sheridan

A bill to cover doulas under Medicaid passed the Indiana legislature and was signed into law. The money for the measure, however, was stripped out of the budget in the last days of session.

Indiana Senators passed a bill Tuesday that will provide funding for the state's professional basketball and soccer team facilities.

Republican lawmakers in the House and Senate reached a final agreement Tuesday on what will likely be the state’s next two-year budget.

If passed, the referenda would add $1.8 million to the district’s general fund and $13 million to improve infrastructure at the district’s schools.

Lawmakers spent a good deal of time this year reworking the way schools are funded – not just public schools, but charter schools too.