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Lawmakers cautiously optimistic about projections for more tax money

By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Lawmakers could have an additional $842 million in new money to spend on the next two-year budget. On Thursday, the Revenue Forecast Technical Committee presented its projections for Fiscal Years 2016 – beginning July 1 – and 2017 to the State Budget Committee. The estimates are used as an […]

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Pence makes end-of-year jobs announcements, touts 23,000+ job commitments for 2014

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence and executives from 16 companies announced new investments Thursday that are expected to bring 2,153 jobs to Indiana within what state officials are calling “the next few years.” But actually, some of those jobs won’t be created until 2023. Still, Pence lauded the deals – which […]

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Pence: HIP 2.0 timeline not as important as approval

By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence said Wednesday he isn’t as concerned that his proposed expansion of the Healthy Indiana Plan receives federal approval on his original timeline of Jan. 1 – as long as it is eventually approved in its original format. The Pence administration submitted its request to the U.S. […]

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Tallian to push legalization of medical marijuana

By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – After several failed attempts to pass laws that would decriminalize marijuana, state Sen. Karen Tallian has decided to enact a different strategy. In the 2015 session, Tallian, D-Portage, plans to introduce legislation that would legalize medical marijuana in the state and establish an agency to create and oversee its […]

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GOP plan would help teachers buy school supplies

By Garrett Day TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – If the Indiana House Republican Caucus gets its way in the 2015 session, Hoosier teachers could soon receive extra money to spend on classroom supplies. The proposed tax credit – part of the House Republicans’ legislative agenda – doesn’t yet have a price tag. But a tax credit could […]

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Ritz asks for free textbooks, more money for schools

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State Superintendent Glenda Ritz asked lawmakers Thursday for $500 million in additional spending on education during the next two years – including more money for testing as well as free textbooks for all public school students. Most of the new money – more than $334 million – would go […]

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Donnelly bill aimed at preventing military suicides could pass this week

By Olivia Covington TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A bill aimed at preventing suicides among military members is expected to pass the U.S. Senate this week. Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., authored the Jacob Sexton Military Prevention Suicide Act of 2014 because he believes the U.S. military needs to improve its mental health screening system. “This will be […]

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State won’t appeal ruling that killer is incompetent to be executed

By Hannah Troyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The state will not appeal a judge’s decision that Michael Dean Overstreet – who was convicted of the 1997 abduction, rape and murder of a Franklin College student – is incompetent to be executed. Overstreet was sentenced to death in 2000 in the death of 18-year-old Kelly Eckart. But […]

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State November revenues up from last year, but below projections

By Hannah Troyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS- Revenue figures for November released Friday show that Indiana’s general fund brought in slightly more than $1 billion in November. Big as that number sounds, it was 4.5 percent below projections. But, the revenue total was nearly 13 percent more than what the state collected in November 2013. Individual income […]

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Highly rated teachers to get extra cash in 1,300 schools

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The state awarded $30 million to 1,300 schools Thursday that will be used to reward thousands of teachers for high performance. The money is the first distribution under a new teacher performance program that Gov. Mike Pence said he will aim to expand in 2015. “Indiana teachers and schools […]

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