INDIANAPOLIS (AP): A Democratic proposal to immediately boost Indiana teacher pay by $100 million a year by stretching out payments to a teacher pension fund has been rejected by a Republican-controlled committee.
The Indiana Senate Appropriations Committee voted 8-4 along party lines Thursday against the Democratic plan. That extra $100 million then would have boosted funding for the state’s Teacher Appreciation Grant bonus program by 267% this year.
Estimates show the average bonus to a teacher in a northern Indiana district could have increased from about $700 to nearly $1,900.
Holcomb and legislative Republicans maintain major spending actions should wait until next year, when a new state budget is written.