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April 18, 2011

NEW: Indiana Senate panel expected to vote on new budget bill

INDIANAPOLIS — An Indiana Senate committee has approved a new state budget that would direct more money to education, leave the state with more than $1 billion in reserves and restore several cuts made in previous spending proposals.

The Republican-controlled committee voted 8-3 along party lines to advance the proposal. It now moves to the full Senate for consideration.

A new revenue forecast projects the state will take in nearly $650 million more than previously expected. Much of the extra expected money would be put in state reserves. Republican Senate Appropriations Chairman Luke Kenley said it’s prudent to not spend the money because the forecast is only an estimate.

Some Democrats say the Senate budget plan is better than previous plans but they want more money directed to public schools.

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