Once again, Indiana is making headlines for the wrong reason, joining Mississippi, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Arkansas and North Carolina in taxing forgiven student loan debt.

When Indiana House Speaker Todd Huston said last week that he expected “conversations to continue” concerning the state tax on student debt relief, we’d like to believe his words weren’t a hollow response to an obvious public relations snafu. With Indiana flush with cash, a good deal due to pandemic relief funds from Congress, the legislature would be wise to change state code to exempt student loan relief from taxation.