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Governor Pence signs new $31 billion Indiana budget plan

Gov. Pence signs budget bill (Source: Governor's Office) Gov. Pence signs budget bill (Source: Governor's Office)
LEBANON, IN (AP) -

Gov. Mike Pence has signed the new state budget plan that includes a modest increase in school funding, along with significant shifts in how that money is distributed.

The new two-year state spending plan was approved by the General Assembly last week. Slightly more than half of the $31 billion budget goes toward K-12 education, with funding going up 2.3 percent each year.

Pence signed the budget bill Thursday afternoon at Perry-Worth Elementary School in Lebanon.

A key push by Republicans in the spending plan was to shift money from many shrinking urban and rural school districts to those in growing suburban communities.

Democrats calculate about a third of Indiana's nearly 300 school districts will see funding cuts under the changes and predict hundreds of teacher layoffs around the state.

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