CHICAGO — Indiana lawmakers this week began debate on a new two-year budget cushioned with a $2 billion surplus, as well as a handful of high-profile bills, some of which would boost borrowing by local governments and the triple-A rated state government.

The House Ways and Means Committee Tuesday morning approved a $30 billion, two-year spending plan proposed by House Republicans last Friday. The budget strays significantly from the executive budget unveiled in January by new GOP Gov. Mike Pence, most notably by increasing spending by $1 billion and dropping his plan for an $800 million income-tax cut.

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