Senate President Pro Tem Rodric Bray (R-Martinsville) made the following statement regarding the revenue forecast announced today:
STATEHOUSE (April 15, 2021) — "For more than a decade, we have honestly balanced budgets and eliminated government debt. Pair that with our robust Hoosier resilience, and we are now in a place where we can make real, meaningful investments in Hoosiers' futures. This isn't a time for us to grow government, but rather to make investments that can eliminate debt and pay down pensions to free up money the state can use in the future.
"In the coming days there will be a lot of debate on what the right thing to do is in light of this forecast, and I think it is paramount to hold true to the principles that got us where we are today – we need to make responsible, prudent decisions that fund our priorities, like education, and that have the highest return on investment for Hoosiers from every walk of life. However, we must also be wary of the day when the economy begins to turn, because we dare not expect this economy to last forever.
"As we prepare to finalize this budget over the coming days, I am again grateful for the collaboration we have with our partners in the House, the governor and his staff, and our partners across the aisle."
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