Porter calls for increased school security funding from remaining American Rescue Plan dollars
INDIANAPOLIS – In last week’s State Budget Committee meeting, the Office of Management and Budget reported that Indiana still has to allocate $190 million in American Rescue Plan funds. Those funds could be allocated by the State Budget Committee now or the General Assembly as they reconvene on July 25 for special session.
State Rep. Gregory W. Porter (D-Indianapolis) issued the following statement calling for at least $50 million of those funds to be allocated to the state’s Secured School Safety Grant program:
“Given the recent uptick in school massacres like the tragedy in Uvalde, I think we can all agree that we need to invest in our kids’ safety while they’re at school. From physical security upgrades to funding for student mental health counseling, this American Rescue Plan funding could make a big difference to Indiana schools. We need to put it to good use as quickly as possible.”