Senate Democrat Leader Vi Simpson sent a letter to Governor Daniels today requesting an accounting of discretionary cuts he has made and appropriations he has withheld against the General Assembly-approved state budget. She also requested information on the methodology being used to determine which reductions are made, how much, and when, so that she and other members of the Senate Democratic Caucus can better help Hoosiers prepare and work within the cuts. Additionally, Simpson is calling for a new revenue forecast to be prepared in June to inform decisions on cuts – or restorations – at that time.
Sen. Simpson said today:
The governor has the authority to make these cuts, but he also has the authority and obligation to restore funding to vital services and schools if state revenue picks up.
Sen. Simpson was joined by State Senator John Broden of South Bend for a Statehouse media availability today to discuss the letter and their concerns.
Watch highlights from the media availability in the video below: