Gov. Mike Pence signed Indiana's new two-year, $30 billion budget into law Wednesday, praising its tax relief measures and other provisions as incentives that would lure new investment and jobs to the state. The Republican governor signed the budget bill in Crawfordsville as he was surrounded by workers at Crawford Industries, a maker of plastic binders, boxes and other products. The budget includes tax cuts worth about $350 million combined with repeal of the state inheritance tax and business tax reductions.
The new budget also includes $190 million for K-12 education and more than $600 million for roads and infrastructure. Pence also vetoed two bills yesterday for the first time since becoming governor.
They included a bill requiring licenses for diabetes educators and a measure creating new license requirements for anesthesiologist assistants and dietitians, as well as state certification for music therapists. Pence says that he vetoed the bills because he believes Indiana needs fewer, not more, licensing requirements and the bills did not help to create jobs in Indiana.
More vetoes could be coming.
He has expressed concerns over legislation that would provide a $100 million dollar loan to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for improvements and shifts some powers from the Democratic-controlled Indianapolis City-County Council to Republican Mayor Greg Ballard.
Indiana's lawmakers are scheduled to reconvene on June 12 to consider overrides and technical corrections.
A simple majority is needed in both the House and Senate to override an Indiana governor's veto.