LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - "Besides being tired I felt very happy and pleased with where we ended," Republican Representative Randy Truitt said about reaching an agreement on the 2013 budget.
The General Assembly approved the two year, $30 million dollar budget in the early morning hours Saturday. The budget calls for a 5 percent income tax cut, that's half of what Governor Mike Pence was looking for.
Democrats in the Senate and House say the cuts that will start in 2015 aren't going to cut it, but Truitt said they will make a difference.
"It's not this big huge influx of money," Truitt said. "It's like the automatic tax payer refund $50, $60, $70 but you know what? That's $50, $60, $70. For a lot of people that's a lot of money."
Truitt said Greater Lafayette schools and transportation are going to benefit from the budget.
Truitt said he worked to keep the Lafayette Amtrak in the budget discussion. He said once the state has control of the rail in October the new budget will require the Indiana Department of Transportation to use some of their funds to maintain the route. Once in control of the state, Truitt hopes the Amtrak routes will be more user friendly.
"If we were to invest the way that we're anticipating we would control the time table, we would control the crew, we would control all of those things necessary to bring that service down the corridor that people would use," Truitt said.
The budget also calls for the most money ever appropriated to public schools.
"We were able to put money in Rainy Day, so if we were to ever go through a cyclical recession we would have money there to invest into our education systems," Truitt said.
The state budget also calls for more money to be invested in road work.
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