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Raatz Roundup: 2023 Legislative Session begins

Submitted for use on Jan. 9, 2022
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2023 Legislative Session begins

By State Sen. Jeff Raatz (R-Richmond)

The 2023 legislative session reconvened Jan. 9, and lawmakers are tasked with creating a new state budget.

In Indiana, we pride ourselves on being one of the most fiscally conservative states in the nation, which helps us remain one of the most affordable places to live in the country. This is why, as your state senator and member of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, I continue to advocate for policies that are in the best interest of Hoosier taxpayers and help our state remain a great place to live, work and raise a family.

Additionally, the General Assembly values its ability to support students and educators by allocating the majority of the budget toward K-12 and higher education.

In 2021, my colleagues and I passed a budget allocating a historic $1.03 billion in new sustainable funding to K-12 education; $345.6 million for the 2021-22 school year and $685.6 million for the current 2022-23 school year.

As chair of the Senate Committee on Education and Career Development and member of the School Funding Subcommittee, I look forward to working with my colleagues to improve educational support and consider issues important to parents, students and educators so Hoosiers feel confident in the quality of education their families receive now and in the years to come.

All bills must be first considered by assigned committees before moving to the full Senate. Committee hearings, legislative calendars, agendas, vote tallies and proposed legislation can be viewed online by visiting

If you have any questions or concerns throughout the legislative session, feel free to contact me at or 317-233-0930.


State Sen. Jeff Raatz (R-Richmond) represents Senate District 27, which includes

Henry, Union and Wayne counties, and portions of Franklin County.

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