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Indiana budget heads tell agencies to trim expenses

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 State tax collections that are coming in below expectations have budget officials telling agency chiefs to cut spending.

The Times of Munster reported Sunday that the heads of the Office of Management and Budget and the State Budget Agency recently sent a memo outlining some of the ways that agencies can reduce spending to help preserve the state's $2 billion budget reserve.

Those steps include limiting travel, carpooling, using video conferencing instead of in-person meetings; issuing required reports online instead of on paper; carefully managing overtime expenses; and using Department of Correction prisoner labor, if appropriate.

Through the first three months of the current state fiscal year, revenue has come in $73.5 million less than predicted by the forecast used by lawmakers in writing the 2014-15 state budget.

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  • What About Those Tax Cuts and Right to Vote Laws
    OMG! You mean an income tax cut and a new "right to work " law hasn't resulted in a landslide of new revenues. Governor Pence is going to have a hard time taking us from "good to great."
  • What a not surprise
    This is what a flat-tax system coupled with push to drive majority of wages lower does. You destroy your tax base.

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