first_img Google+ (Photo supplied/Michigan News Service) Schools would get an extra $150-million next year under Governor Holcomb’s proposed budget, but other agencies would face a year of belt tightening.The Office of Management and Budget presented Holcomb’s two-year spending plan Wednesday to House and Senate budget leaders. The proposed budget would boost school funding by 150-million dollars — that’s a two-percent increase. But state spending on everything else would remain flat.Budget director Zac Jackson says the administration asked state agencies to cut their budget requests by 15-percent. Budgeters then went back and backfilled some of those cuts to make sure critical needs were covered.The proposal loosens the purse strings a little the second year, with another 77-million for schools and a 270-million-dollar increase for everything else.While the baseline budget remains nearly flat, the proposal calls for a billion dollars in one-time spending, using federal pandemic relief money and savings from emergency spending cuts imposed last year. Most of that spending will actually take place before the current budget ends, with the early payoff of 300-million dollars in bonds for the I-69 extension and a handful of construction projects. The governor’s office says that will save Indiana 66-million dollars in interest. Holcomb is also reviving a plan to pay down teachers’ pension liability to free up money for teacher pay.The new budget calls for 100-million dollars to expand broadband, 50-million to build a new swine barn at the state fairgrounds, and a 280-million-dollar reserve fund for emergency building projects. The administration also plans to increase a grant fund to help restaurants and other small businesses stay afloat amid the pandemic.The Indiana School Boards Administration calls the boost in school funding “promising.” But Gary Senator Eddie Melton (D) says he’s “deeply disappointed” the proposal doesn’t directly earmark money for teacher pay raises. Holcomb and Republican legislators have consistently said they want to encourage, not order, local school boards to steer more money to teachers.Legislators will use the plan as a starting point for the final budget, which will be passed just before the enc of the session in late April. Facebook Facebook IndianaLocalNews WhatsApp Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest Schools to receive $150 million as part of Gov. Holcomb’s proposed budget By Jon Zimney – January 13, 2021 1 126 Google+ Previous articleSen. McConnell says Senate will not reconvene before inauguration to consider impeachment voteNext articleIndiana’s top health official: “Stay the course. We will get to the other side.” Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Twitter Pinterestlast_img read more

first_img Published on February 2, 2011 at 12:00 pm HARTFORD, Conn. –– Left, right. Left, right. Left, right…Showering down on Baye Moussa Keita was the same chant the Connecticut student section unleashes on every player of the opposing team who has fouled out. With 3:10 remaining in No. 17 Syracuse’s 66-58 win over UConn, the student section traced every Moussa Keita step with a yelp in unison. Each one. From the time the freshman center secured his fifth foul when guarding Connecticut center Alex Oriakhi to the instant he found a seat on the Syracuse bench. Roughly 30 seconds.The energetic chant was, of course, meant to poke fun. To badger. To heckle a freshman.But after Moussa Keita bullied Oriakhi and UConn’s other bigs in the best game of his college career, the Connecticut students were effectively serenading a rookie after a breakout performance.With their own choreographed energy, the students showcased exactly what SU junior small forward Kris Joseph feels Moussa Keita brings every night. Certainly what he brought Wednesday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘Energy,’ Joseph said. ‘That is what he has been bringing since the beginning of the year. He brought heart, and he brought energy. It’s tough when you are demanding all that from a freshman.’In 27 near-flawless minutes, Moussa Keita flanked the dependable Rick Jackson by hauling in 11 rebounds. He added an astounding six steals and two blocks, scoring four points on 2-of-4 shooting.What he brought to the table for SU was, arguably, the most valuable player at the XL Center on Wednesday. In what is becoming not only a reoccurring but mind-numbing part of SU games, head coach Jim Boeheim started Moussa Keita’s fellow freshman center Fab Melo, only to pull Melo for Moussa Keita after three minutes.Melo once again did nothing for SU. Moussa Keita spelled him. He played 27 of the next 36 minutes.All Boeheim could do postgame was laud the Senegal native.‘He was great,’ Boeheim said of Moussa Keita. ‘Blocking shots, rebounding. He was tremendous, I thought. Tremendous. Tremendous in the middle.’Tremendous because of awareness. Through 23 games, Boeheim has vented about Melo’s uselessness if he is lost defensively. Wednesday, he was again. But Moussa Keita was the glue in the middle of SU’s 2-3 zone. A lanky 6-10 magnet that corralled seemingly every loose ball.To Joseph, Moussa Keita left the XL Center court the furthest thing from a rookie.Said Joseph: ‘I don’t consider him a freshman anymore.’Waiters, Southerland return to floorFor two Syracuse regulars who missed the Orange’s last game at Marquette, Wednesday represented two different paths. For one, redemption and solidification in the SU lineup. For the other, more time likely spent on the bench.The former: freshman guard Dion Waiters. The latter: James Southerland.Keeping things in perspective like he has done all season with Waiters, SU head coach Jim Boeheim said his young guard still has much to learn. Still, Boeheim said Waiters was a major factor in SU’s win Wednesday.‘I thought Dion stepped up big time today,’ Boeheim said.Waiters shined in his first contest back from a one-game stint on the bench after he didn’t play last Saturday at Marquette. On Wednesday, he played 18 valuable minutes off Boeheim’s bench, scoring nine points and grabbing four rebounds. He also helped form the first line of defense at the top of the SU zone against Connecticut guard Kemba Walker.It all came a game after rumors stating he was benched due to an exchange of choice words on the SU sideline with Boeheim during the Orange’s 22-point home loss to Seton Hall on Jan. 25.‘We were in a little slump,’ Waiters said. ‘We all were. Just to come out and get this win on the road at UConn, it was big. I’m happy, man.’Also returning to the floor Wednesday was Southerland. Southerland got on the floor for only a minute before missing a 3-pointer and committing a foul. By that point, Boeheim saw enough. That explained why Southerland did not see playing time both Wednesday and at Marquette.‘He had a great opportunity in three games and had one rebound,’ Boeheim said. ‘So he played his way out.’For Waiters, though, this game reaffirmed his status as one of the regulars in Boeheim’s rotation. And it reaffirmed the self-confidence he’s never afraid to display.‘I just went out there like I had to make something happen for my team,’ Waiters said, ‘and we’re going to win this game.’[email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img read more