State Governor’s Budget

The use of re-versions by Governor Mike Pence to cut the state budget is gaining new attention from lawmakers. Members of the State Budget Committee peppered Governor Pence's budget director with questions about the budget-slicing tactic. Re-versions are typically a small amount of money returned to the government by agencies at the end of each budget year. But Indiana governors have increasingly used them as budget-cutting tools. Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute President John Ketzenberger says the tactic it is a “two-way street'' for lawmakers and governors. It can marginalize lawmakers, but also leave tough choices to the governor.