Budget, education board decisions set for session's last day

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The final day of this year’s Indiana legislative session will see lawmakers making decisions on a new state budget and other issues.

A budget deal announced Tuesday would increase school funding by 2.3 percent each of the next two years, while providing a portion of the additional money that Republican Gov. Mike Pence sought for charter schools.

Other topics expected to come up for votes Wednesday include a Republican-backed proposal that would shift some authority away from Democratic state schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz to the State Board of Education and a bill to legalize needle-exchange programs in reaction to a southern Indiana HIV outbreak blamed on intravenous drug use.

Wednesday is the adjournment deadline for the Republican-dominated General Assembly.

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