During the Third House session Monday evening at the
"The program is dependent on federal funds," he said. "There are people receiving benefits and paying premiums through HIP (Healthy Indiana Plan). It's a good program, and if you take away the federal dollars it won't work."
The current two-year budget being considered by lawmakers assumes the federal government will provide
The lawmakers were asked about the proposal to raise the gasoline tax by
"There are people on fixed incomes and earning
Austin said the
She said a concern is that, in counties bordering surrounding states, motorists will cross state lines to purchase lower-priced gasoline, which would impact businesses in
"They went to a flat tax," Austin said of the
Lanane said all the tax increases being considered are regressive taxes and would have a greater impact on people with lower incomes.
He said a moratorium on tax cuts for
Lanane expects the
Wright was critical of legislation that would prevent homeowners, school systems and businesses using alternative energy from getting a credit for electricity they supply to the grid.
"We have been headed in the right direction," she said. "Schools are being fiscally conservative and conserving energy."
Lanane said the bill would take away incentives for people to install solar energy, instead of encouraging the use of alternative energy.
He said the bill was amended to protect homeowners who have installed solar panels and gives school systems an additional 25 years to receive a credit for power placed in the grid.
"This is an attempt by existing electric companies to halt the increased use of solar energy," Lanane said.
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