Campbell pleased to see budget investments in public education, mental health
INDIANAPOLIS – State Representative Chris Campbell (D-West Lafayette) released the following statement regarding the proposed state budget:
“I am glad to see our state finally make a solid investment in public education. A lack of funding in the past left our schools struggling and our students falling behind. This $1.9 billion investment means a brighter future for Hoosier teachers and students.
“The state budget takes small steps toward raising teacher pay, however, stricter guidelines for schools could have better ensured that state dollars are directed toward teachers. I will continue to work to make sure that happens.
“Additionally, I am pleased to see a larger investment in mental health, which I advocated for earlier in the budget process. Last year we saw cuts to mental health services when Hoosiers needed them the most. This increased funding will support our mental health professionals and allow more people to seek help.
“Increasing funding for food banks should have never been a question in budget negotiations, as we have seen a drastic rise in Hoosiers needing food assistance programs. We can rest assured the money going toward food banks will have an immediate impact on many Hoosiers’ lives.
“Our state budget must be focused on the people of Indiana. The current proposed budget has more of that focus, but lacks accountability in some areas. As state dollars flow into various areas of the state, we must ensure that they get to the Hoosiers that need it the most.”