Victories tempered by Senate, budget concerns

WISH File Photo
WISH File Photo

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.

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