Legislators finalized a bill to support prenatal programs, pay down pension debt, and send you a check and, hours later, Governor Holcomb signed the bill into law.
Bipartisan majorities in the House and Senate overwhelmingly approved a plan to send Hoosiers a $200 tax rebate as a buffer against inflation. The checks are a little smaller than the 225 dollars Governor Holcomb originally proposed, but legislators made more people eligible by expanding the rebate to people who don’t file income taxes.
The money is on top of the $125 rebates paid earlier this year under Indiana’s automatic rebate law. Thousands of taxpayers who haven’t received those checks yet will receive a single check with both payments. Those who don’t file returns will have to file one next year to claim the $200 payment.
The bill addresses a Senate Republican priority by earmarking a billion dollars of Indiana’s six-billion in reserves for the state’s unfunded pension debt. And the package authorizes 80-million dollars in new spending on health programs for pregnant women and new moms.