INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana would spend heavily on new road construction and launch a preschool pilot program under a pair of last-minute deals reached between Statehouse Republican leaders.
The state would release $400 million in two disbursements of $200 million, with the second pending a review by budget leaders before the 2015 session begins. And the state would rely on $10 million in funding saved in part through budget cuts and $5 million in private donations to launch a preschool program for low-income residents.
Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma said Wednesday night that legislative leaders had agreed on the compromises with Gov. Mike Pence. The deals come as lawmakers get down to the wire on their self-imposed Thursday deadline for the 2014 session.