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State revenue collections come in below forecast

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com Indiana’s year-to-date revenue collections of nearly $5.8 billion have come in nearly $150 million below what was forecast by the State Budget Agency last spring. The agency on Monday issued its revenue report for November, which found that although actual collections for the current fiscal year are below forecast, they are above […]

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Lawmakers honored for public safety work

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council has recognized state Rep. B. Patrick Bauer, D-South Bend, and Sen. Erin Houchin, R-Salem, for their work in getting a felony DNA law enacted. Bauer and Houchin received the Legislative Excellence Awards for their work on the bill in the 2017 legislative session which requires […]

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Support for cold beer sales falls short

By Makenna Mays TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Alcohol Code Revision Commission voted 8-7 in favor of cold beer sales on Friday, but that wasn’t good enough. The committee, which has been reviewing the state’s alcohol laws since late summer, needed a majority of the 17 members or nine votes. Because two members were absent the […]

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2,500 rape exam kits never processed statewide

By Janet Williams The StatehouseFile.com More than 2,500 rape kits from potentially viable cases currently sit unprocessed in police and sheriff evidence rooms across Indiana, a review of the untested kits has revealed. The statewide county-by-county count of the number of untested rape kits took place over the summer and early fall through the combined […]

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Governor echoes need for workforce development

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — More than a million people in Indiana alone have unfinished high school and college diplomas, an issue Gov. Eric Holcomb is tackling head on. “We have 350,000 Hoosiers who are 18-to-64 years old who don’t have a high school diploma,” Holcomb said. “Prime working age Hoosiers who don’t have […]

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Reversing teacher shortage a priority for Indiana’s top educator

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana ranks among the lowest states for teacher recruitment and retention, a fact Indiana’s superintendent of public instruction knows well. “The teacher shortage is real,” said Jennifer McCormick, who was superintendent of Yorktown Community Schools before her election last year. “As a department we can only do so much. […]

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Revenue Department warns Hoosiers to watch data

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The time to file taxes is just around the corner, and the Indiana Department of Revenue and the Internal Revenue Service teamed up to host National Tax Security Awareness Week. “National Tax Security Awareness Week offers the Department of Revenue an opportunity to better educate our Hoosier taxpayers on how […]

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Lawmakers list goals for upcoming session

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com   INDIANAPOLIS — After House Speaker Brian Bosma’s mother died last week, her funeral memory page was filled with harsh words — from comparing Bosma to Nazis to saying he’s un-Christian — causing him to kick off the 2018 legislative session calling for civility from lawmakers on their social media pages.  […]

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State lawmaker tackles opioid epidemic

By Makenna Mays TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Sen. Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis, said Tuesday he will author for the 2018 legislative session he hopes will combat the opioid epidemic. “Our goal this session is to work towards prescription reform along with, as we’ve talked about before, drug-dealing reform,” Merritt said. Merritt’s proposed legislation includes: mandatory registration […]

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Workforce development emerges as number one legislative issue

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s legislative leaders from both parties and the governor share one big objective for the 2018 legislative session – workforce development. “We will work closely with the governor and I know our Senate colleagues have been looking at this all summer,” said House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, at the […]

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