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INDIANA SENATE PASSES INFLATION RELIEF PLAN

After debating the abortion bill for hours, the Indiana Senate did act on a bill to address the effects of inflation on Hoosiers.  In a 40-4 vote the Senate bill that proposes a 6-month moratorium on the state's utility tax, along with a cap on the state gas tax.  Supporters of the bill say the suspension of the 7% sales tax on electricity, water, gas, internet and phone bills would provide an estimated savings of 260 million for Hoosiers.  The bill would also cap the sales tax on gas at 29.5 cents through June 30th, 2023.  The Senate measure differs significantly from the House version, which more closely resembles Governor Eric Holcomb's original plan to return $1 billion from the state's surplus to Indiana taxpayers through $225 payments.