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General Assembly Activities

Thursday, January 10, 2019  


Governor Holcomb’s 2019-21 Budget Request

This morning, the State Budget Committee was presented Governor Eric Holcomb’s state budget request for the next biennium.  Micah Vincent, Director of the Office of Management & Budget, and Jason Dudich, State Agency Budget Director, made the presentation.  This budget request is built on the following principles:

  • An honestly balanced budget that does not use gimmicks
  • Retaining the current AAA bond rating for the state
  • An 11% reserve at the end of FY2021
  • A state surplus of $1.8 billion at the end of FY2021

Regarding public education, the proposed budget would provide a 2% state-wide increase for each of the next two fiscal years.  This is an increase of $143 million for FY2020 and $146 million for FY2021.  Over the biennium, the state-wide increase would be $432 million.  This is a good start when recent reports had very little available new monies for education.  Still, it is not at the consumer price index level of 2.5%.  And, this does not guarantee a 2% increase for every school corporation.

The teacher appreciation grant would be changed under this budget.  $20 million of the current $30 million appropriation would be added to the tuition support formula each year.  The other $10 million would go to increase the tax credit for teacher supplies from $100 to $500.

Other issues in the proposed budget:

  • The Secured School Safety Grant appropriation would remain at $14 million per year.  There were requests to add $5 million to the total grant amount, but that is not in this budget request.
  • The School Business Official Leadership Academy would be continued funded at $150,000 per year.
  • All of the categorical appropriations (summer school, testing, STEM, etc.) were not increased

The majority of the questions were related to whether this budget request had earmarked increases in teacher pay.  The answer was no.  This will be a topic discussed for the next four months.

The Governor’s budget proposal is the first step in the long journey to a new state budget in April.  Traditionally, Governor’s budget does not have new language for the school tuition support formula.  This request continues that tradition.  It is important to note that the past several Governor budget requests were less than the 2% in this budget.  The next step is the budget that will be crafted by the House Republicans.


IAPSS, ISBA and IASBO are jointly sponsoring a Referendum Workshop on January 31 at Primo South in Indianapolis.  Information regarding the workshop is as follows:

This workshop is based on a book on referendum planning co-authored  by our presenter, Dr. Don Lifto. Don is a frequent presenter at national conferences and has more than a dozen articles on referendum planning published in national journals. The workshop’s content represents a marriage of research and successful practice, emphasizing systems and strategies rather than specific campaign tactics, allowing school leaders to elevate their thinking to a more comprehensive and long range vision of referendum planning. Don is joined for today’s workshop by school superintendent, Dr. Deb Henton and public relations expert, Mr. Jeff Dehler. 

NOTE: All Attendees will receive a free copy of Dr. Lifto’s book on Successful Referendum Campaigns

For a downloadable Agenda and registration form, please click the following link or copy and paste it into your browser: 

Email your complete registration form to Lana White with IAPSS at