Lawmaker proposes using surplus instead of issuing tax rebates

One Indiana lawmaker wants to spend your tax refund on teachers and new pipes in Indianapolis. Democratic State Rep. Gregory Porter says a 125 dollar tax rebate is nothing to scoff at, but he wrote an op-ed in the Indianapolis Star that he’d rather spend Indiana’s nearly $9 billion state surplus on big-ticket items. Porter says that money could pay teachers in the state more, could go to replace lead pipes in cities like Indianapolis, or could go toward lowering infant mortality in the state. Republican lawmakers say they’d rather give people their money back.