The Indiana House has approved 300-million dollars in new spending for University buildings across the state. In the immediate region, the buildings would be constructed at Indiana University, Indiana State, and the University of Southern Indiana. The up-front cash for the building was caused in large part by a larger than expected state surplus.
Eleven House Democrats joined the Republicans in voting for the idea. Other Democrats proposed floating bonds on the extra money, and spending the current funds on teacher pay, statewide preschool, or as a trigger on an automatic tax rebate.
The spending bill now moves on to the State Senate for their consideration.