The Chairman of the Indiana Senate Appropriations Committee is expressing concerns about the budget plan being moved through the House.

The House Ways and Means Committee today passed a $31.7 billion two year spending plan, which includes a $1 increase in the cigarette tax to indirectly help cover a budget shortfall created by shifting all of the state sales tax on gasoline to help pay for roads.

State Senator Luke Kenley says he is worried that the sales tax shift as well as the cigarette tax increase could put the state in on shaky financial ground if the economy turns south.

Despite that, Kenley says his House Republican counterparts overall have put together a pretty good spending plan.

You can hear his comments in the Leon-Tailored Audio above.

They run about 11 minutes.