The 2018 legislative session reached its halfway point. House Republicans have made great progress with our legislative priorities, including increasing K-12 funding, strengthening Indiana’s workforce, attacking the opioid epidemic and increasing government efficiency.
In support of House Republicans’ top priority, a key House bill would provide additional funding to traditional K-12 public schools after a surge in enrollment. Traditional public school enrollment exceeded budgetary forecasts by over 6,000 students. To account for that growth, funds could be transferred from the State Tuition Reserve Account to schools. Currently, Indiana spends about $7 billion annually on K-12 public education.
According to the Indiana State Department of Health, from 2015 to 2016, there was a 52 percent increase in opioid overdose deaths. To help combat this epidemic, proposed legislation would open up to nine new treatment centers, greatly improving access to addiction treatment programs throughout the state, and ensuring Hoosiers in underserved areas have options to begin and sustain their recovery process. Another bill would allow the Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council to create a pilot program to open state-supported drug treatment programs to individuals who have been charged with a misdemeanor. This option is currently only available to Hoosiers who have been charged or convicted of a felony.
To learn more about how House Republicans have progressed on their legislative agenda, click here.
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