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Indiana General Assembly Convenes Today

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There’s no shortage of issues facing Indiana lawmakers as they begin a new session today. The fight over the state budget often dominates both chambers of the Indiana General Assembly. But this year could be different as there are lots of issues vying for attention.

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels is looking to move ahead with plans to fund full-day kindergarten. He wants to increase the cigarette tax to bolster health insurance coverage for Hoosiers and privatize the state’s lottery system to fund scholarships.

Legislators will also debate increasing the state’s minimum wage.

Lawmakers are also expected to discuss how to deal with a two-percent property tax cap, which will take effect next year. Northwest Indiana cities are bracing for multi-million dollar revenue loss from the tax cap. Lawmakers may be pressed to come up with a plan to recoup some of the lost revenue.

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