STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Holcomb suggests another boost for teacher pay, renews support for hate crimes law

op Indiana Democratic lawmakers say Gov. Eric Holcomb is going in the right direction on trying to boost teacher pay and pushing for a state hate crimes law, but still has more work to do.

Posted: Jan 16, 2019 8:22 AM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP/WLFI) — Top Indiana Democratic lawmakers say Gov. Eric Holcomb is going in the right direction on trying to boost teacher pay and pushing for a state hate crimes law, but still has more work to do.

The Republican governor used his State of the State speech Tuesday evening to introduce a plan for using $140 million in state funds to pay off teacher pension obligations owed by school districts to free up their money for teacher salary increases. 

The extra money would amount to about 1-percent more funding to Indiana school districts, which are receiving an estimated $7.16 billion in state funding this school year.

Related: Tippecanoe County lawmakers react to state of the state

He says it would continue to produce savings for years to come.

"I believe local school districts should allocate 100 percent of the $140 million to increasing teacher paychecks," said Holcomb."

As of now there would be no mandate to use that money strictly for teacher pay. The governor is also creating a commission to identify more ways to give teachers more money.

Holcomb also renewed his support for Indiana joining 45 other state with hate crimes laws. At Tuesday's State of the State address, he said the new law should follow the state's employee anti-harassment policy. That includes sexual orientation and gender identity.

Repeated efforts for an Indiana law have failed amid fierce opposition from conservatives. They maintain it would unfairly create specially-protected classes of victims and wrongly restrict free speech.

Indiana is one of five states without a bias crimes law, but Holcomb told the Republican-dominated Legislature that Indiana needs to move off that list.

"Businesses interested in Indiana care about this issue, but it's not just about business," said Holcomb. "At heart, this has to do with people's dignity and how we treat one another."

Those opposing a specific hate crime law are from the governor's own party, while democrats are strongly supporting it. Many Republican legislators didn’t join a standing ovation when Holcomb called for a hate crimes law. Senate Democratic leader Tim Lanane says Holcomb will face overcoming opposition among conservative Republican lawmakers.

Lanane says Holcomb’s school funding proposal is a good start and shows that money can be found to help give raises to teachers.

West Lafayette
Overcast
49° wxIcon
Hi: 61° Lo: 40°
Feels Like: 43°
Kokomo
Overcast
52° wxIcon
Hi: 74° Lo: 39°
Feels Like: 52°
Rensselaer
Overcast
45° wxIcon
Hi: 49° Lo: 37°
Feels Like: 39°
Fowler
Overcast
45° wxIcon
Hi: 67° Lo: 36°
Feels Like: 39°
Williamsport
Overcast
46° wxIcon
Hi: 58° Lo: 37°
Feels Like: 39°
Crawfordsville
Overcast
45° wxIcon
Hi: 67° Lo: 39°
Feels Like: 37°
Frankfort
Overcast
50° wxIcon
Hi: 71° Lo: 39°
Feels Like: 50°
Delphi
46° wxIcon
Hi: 62° Lo: 40°
Feels Like: 39°
Monticello
46° wxIcon
Hi: 71° Lo: 39°
Feels Like: 39°
Logansport
Overcast
46° wxIcon
Hi: 62° Lo: 39°
Feels Like: 41°
Much Colder Tonight with Any Rainfall Tapering.
WLFI Radar
WLFI Temps
WLFI Planner

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 155246

Reported Deaths: 4065
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Marion25151785
Lake13570355
St. Joseph9145161
Elkhart8759135
Allen8129228
Hamilton6117113
Vanderburgh576760
Tippecanoe369515
Hendricks3268133
Monroe325738
Porter313649
Johnson3105128
Clark293961
Delaware293274
Vigo260538
Madison235093
Cass224022
LaPorte222858
Warrick192965
Kosciusko182625
Floyd179167
Howard162466
Bartholomew141558
Dubois138626
Marshall137426
Wayne126930
Henry125429
Grant125339
Boone122250
Hancock118245
Noble115933
Jackson112915
Dearborn94928
Morgan93740
Lawrence87436
Daviess87133
Gibson87111
Clinton84716
Shelby81730
LaGrange80115
Harrison76224
Knox75610
Putnam72816
Posey7146
DeKalb71011
Fayette66618
Steuben6278
Miami6095
Jasper5945
White58515
Montgomery58322
Greene53337
Scott51813
Decatur50439
Adams4837
Whitley4556
Clay4467
Ripley4418
Sullivan43714
Wells4288
Wabash4119
Starke4077
Orange40425
Huntington3905
Spencer3906
Washington3753
Franklin37225
Jennings36713
Fulton3523
Randolph3529
Jefferson3415
Pike33018
Carroll32513
Perry31014
Jay3056
Fountain2943
Tipton27523
Vermillion2411
Parke2323
Newton22511
Rush2154
Blackford2093
Owen2051
Martin1990
Crawford1581
Pulaski1521
Brown1393
Ohio1297
Benton1100
Union1100
Switzerland920
Warren781
Unassigned0234

COVID-19 Important links and resources

As the spread of COVID-19, or as it's more commonly known as the coronavirus continues, this page will serve as your one-stop for the resources you need to stay informed and to keep you and your family safe. CLICK HERE

Closings related to the prevention of the COVID-19 can be found on our Closings page.

Community Events