INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WLFI) - The Indiana Legislative session is expected to adjourn on Wednesday, three days earlier than originally planned.
It's going to be a late night for legislators, as final bills are being pushed through and as they look to vote on the biennial state budget.
Representative Sharon Negele, House District 13, and Senators Ron Alting, Senate District 22, and Randall Head, Senate District 18, have confirmed that they will vote yes for the budget.
Senator Head said this is a balanced budget and it needs to be passed.
Representatives Sheila Klinker, House District 27, and Chris Campbell, House District 26, said they will vote no.
Representative Campbell said in a statement, "I am disappointed in funding for teachers and traditional public schools in Indiana and that the Hoosier State Rail was not funded this year, even though ridership increased by more than 4% this year."
Rep. Klinker agreed with Campbell about reasons for voting no. The current state budget includes $763 million in new K-12 education spending compared to the previous budget. Rep. Klinker said it's still unclear how the money will be distributed, but said that teachers would expect to get a little more than 2% of a payroll increase.
As a major advocate for education in the statehouse, Rep. Klinker wanted to see 3%.
The Hoosier Rail Line was also a point of contention for Rep. Klinker. As News 18 previously reported, this is one of two Amtrak lines that run from Indianapolis to Chicago.
Legislators from around the viewing area have been very vocal about this lack of funding. They have come together to fight hard in these last few weeks of the session to get it into the state budget, with no success.
They say losing the line will be a major loss to constituents. They are also concerned about losing jobs at the Amtrak maintenance facility in Beech Grove.
Rep. Campbell tells News 18 that the testimony on the budget is tentatively set for 9 p.m. on Wednesday.
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