Victories tempered by Senate, budget concerns

Indiana Statehouse
Indiana Statehouse (WISH Photo/ Marcie Mangan)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Mike Pence and House Republicans started the 2014 session with big plans for education, taxes and roads, but often found themselves running into Senate roadblocks.

Lawmakers ultimately approved versions of all three items when they ended their 2014 session Thursday, but not before they were run through the wringer in the Senate.

The preschool pilot program faced early problems after Senate Republicans raised budget concerns. Senate President Pro Tem David Long explained they did not want to rush out a half-cooked program.

And the governor’s call to eliminate the state’s business equipment tax faced a dramatic overhaul in the Senate, although he ended being happy with the final product. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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