Indiana Senate Appropriations Chairman Luke Kenley is urging caution as his chamber takes up the House passed budget, saying it spends a lot on new programs which the state might have trouble affording down the road.

The House budget includes more money for schools and community corrections.  Kenley says the plan spends nearly all of the state’s projected new revenue, which could cause problems down the road.  He also suggests phasing-in the House school funding formula so that school districts that lose money don’t as big a hit.

You can hear Kenley’s comments above in the Leon-Tailored Audio.  They run about seven minutes.  Please note, Kenley was in an airport in west Texas as we were talking so there is more static in the phone line than usual, however the conversation is still audible.

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