Indiana’s Democrat-controlled House last week passed a one-year budget bill that breaks with the state’s decades-long tradition of two-year budget cycles.

Democratic leaders said a one-year spending plan makes more sense in light of current economic uncertainties and dwindling revenues. The budget bill includes $14.5 billion in spending for 2010. The House passed the measure along straight party lines, with 52 Democrats voting in favor of the measure and 44 Republicans opposing it.

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