INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (ADAMS) — Indiana’s governor wants to give every taxpayer in the state an extra $225 to fight inflation.
On Thursday, Gov. Eric Holcomb proposed adding $225 to every automatic taxpayer refund in the state. The governor has already approved 125 refund checks, so every taxpayer in the state should receive $350 this year. Married couples filing jointly will receive $700.
Lawmakers will accept the new payments. Indiana Republican lawmakers have said they expect to do just that this month.
Holcomb plans to convene a special session to seek legislative approval of the plan in June.
It’s a step that Democrats also seem to support. Senate Minority Leader Greg Taylor released the following on Thursday:
Today, Governor Holcomb shared his plan to fight inflation, which would return $1 billion of Indiana’s $6.1 billion surplus to taxpayers as an automatic refund. That would amount to $225 per eligible Hoosier filer. Governor Holcomb also announced that he would convene a special session before the end of June to advance his proposed agenda.
Senate Democratic Leader Greg Taylor (D-Indianapolis) released the following statement on the proposed plan:
“Having money straight into the pockets of struggling Hoosiers is always the right decision, and I’m glad Governor Holcomb has heard our calls to provide direct help to the Hoosiers. Providing each Hoosier with $225 will help a lot of people who are trying to make ends meet right now. However, this one-time payment is a temporary relief. It is not enough to address the ongoing struggles the Hoosiers are facing. The Hoosiers’ financial struggles are ongoing and relief needs to also be in progress.
“I think we can go further, but I’m glad to see the Governor taking steps to relieve Hoosiers in difficult times. I look forward to discussing the expanded relief measures we can take to help Hoosiers in the long term once we head into a special session.