The Senate version of the two-year, $34.6 billion budget allocates $22 million per year for the state's 21st Century Research and Technology Fund. That’s $8 million less per year than in the current budget.
Gov.-elect Eric Holcomb, who announced his legislative agenda Thursday, has roughly the same idea as Gov. Mike Pence when it comes to investing in early-stage Indiana companies, but wants to pay for the plan through a different fund.
Republican State Sen. Brent Waltz has filed a bill that would require the Indiana Economic Development Corp. and businesses seeking awards from the 21st Century fund to match the state’s money with outside capital at a four-to-one ratio.
Even as some of its investments bear fruit in grand fashion, the state’s principal fund for investing in high-tech companies may get even less in the next budget than it did two years ago when its funding was cut in half.
Indiana legislators are signaling that everyone who receives funding from state government must tighten their belts as tax
collections fall short of projections. That could cause pressure for cuts to key technology incentives.
For a preview of how Indiana's 2008 gubernatorial election will play out, look no further than the emerging tussle over entrepreneur
Scott Jones' $4 million in awards from the state's 21st Century Research & Technology Fund.