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Indiana budget faces hundreds of possible changes

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Lawmakers in the Indiana House face a daunting list of proposed changes to the state budget as they get back to work following a lengthy boycott by Democrats.

More than 330 proposed amendments to the state budget bill were listed online as of Monday night, and Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma said more are pending.

Bosma told lawmakers he's not sure if it's worth their time to work through hundreds of amendments as they try to meet legislative deadlines later this week. Lawmakers who propose amendments can choose whether or not they want the House to consider them.

Bosma said the amendments filed are likely a state record. It's not entirely surprising, however, because lawmakers had plenty of time during the walkout to come up with changes to the budget.

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  • Tom.....
    This figure isn't for road repair, just the addition of lanes and reconfiguring of intersections. Your reference to the Cultural Trail is misguided. It gained a majority of funding through private donations and local money was used to repair or replace utilities and infrastructure. The Trail will see one of the biggest public dollar returns of any transportation project in the history of the state. I encourage you to find any road project, ANY road project that was able to leverage the private donations that the Trail did and in return provide a much needed service and a positive ROI. Actually, I encourage you to find any road project that produces a nuetral or near nuetral ROI.
  • Don't cut INDOT!
    For heaven's sake! Money needed to fix roads, bridges - especially after this past winter! You want cuts, try some of the welfare giveaways! (And no, Unemployment Insurance is NOT a giveaway - it's INSURANCE. It's just that the boss pays the premiums on it!) Defund all these "Cultural Trails", and other such boondoggles.
  • Ideal Change
    Can we work on the 2010-2013 INDOT spending bill of $7,7209,000,000? Seems like a great place to reduce the financial crunch instead of cutting services........ooops did i just use fiscal conservatism against republicans?
  • Link
    Budget Bill information available here:

    http://www.in.gov/apps/lsa/session/billwatch/billinfo?year=2011&session=1&request=getBill&doctype=HB&docno=1001
  • No link?
    Why no link to the web site where these are listed?

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