Complications in school funding claims amid Indiana protest

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Top Indiana Republicans left out some information in touted increased school spending and some big teacher pay raises in defending themselves as thousands of teachers turned out for a Statehouse rally this past week calling for a bigger boost in education funding.

House Speaker Brian Bosma cited “record investment” in the new state budget, pointing to about $700 million in additional money to K-12 schools over the next two years. But a state budget expert points out that increase is about 2.5% and not much more than the inflation rate.

Gov. Eric Holcomb’s campaign pointed to the Noblesville schools approving teacher raises topping 9% this year without mentioning that the district’s voters last year approved allowing increased property taxes specifically earmarked for increased teacher pay.

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  1. Wait till they start paying tax on 85% of their Social Security. Only receive a portion of what they
    have paid in. Told how much they can make and continue to pay those high taxes on Money they
    aren’t receiving. Sure they want more. I want the Lottery to pay millions into my retirement. These comments just scratch the surface.
    They want to teach, have the teachers teach socialism. Please, Federal, State and local, all to big and
    growing. That is kinda like a cancer. Abnormal growth and spreading.
    Many seniors feel the same way, bur are reluctant to say so. Many seniors are either middle class getting by, or are on gov’t assistance filling out paper work, paying a gov’t employee to navigate the bureaucratic system. Or the assistant to the assistant. The wheels on the bus go round and round. thank you for listening.

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