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Holcomb names new state budget director

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Gov. Eric Holcomb has named Zachary Jackson as state budget effective Friday, replacing Jason Dudich who left the post May for a job as chief financial officer at the University of Indianapolis. Jackson has served as deputy budget director since 2013 and has played a role in drafting state budgets that have […]

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Democrats say smoking taxes, mental health among lost chances in 2019 session

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Lapses in state budget priorities and the enactment of a “lukewarm” bias crimes law topped Indiana Democrats’ list of missed opportunities in the 2019 legislative session, according to legislative leaders in the minority party. House Minority Leader Phil GiaQuinta, D-Fort Wayne, and Senate Minority Leader Tim Lanane, D-Anderson, described […]

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Budget finalized in last hours of legislative session, Democrats say Indiana deserves more

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Edging into the late evening Wednesday and ending in party-line votes, lawmakers approved Indiana’s next two-year budget, totaling $34.6 billion for dozens of state-funded programs. House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, said Wednesday afternoon lawmakers were ready to put the issue to rest and anticipated few changes after a conference committee published […]

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GOP leaders, school administrators praise updated budget

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—The latest version of the state’s biennial budget boasts $763 million in new money to be spent on K-12 education, a sign that, to some public officials, the end is in sight for this session’s contentious budget debate.   “As we’re working on these short-term, immediate needs, we’re simultaneously working on […]

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Budget conference committee zips through testimony

By Bryan Wells TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—The House-Senate committee tasked with finalizing the state’s two-year $34.6 billion budget heard from more than a dozen people Thursday making a last-ditch pitch to make sure their priorities got funding. The conference committee will work out differences between the House and Senate versions of House Bill 1001 and deal with […]

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Lawmakers face $100 million shortfall in two-year budget

By Emily Ketterer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Indiana lawmakers have about one week to cut nearly $100 million from the proposed state budget. The general revenue forecast revealed Wednesday predicted the state will collect $34 million less over the next two fiscal years, and Medicaid is expected to need more than $60 million in additional funding than originally […]

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Senate passes its version of budget, education bills

By Emily Ketterer, Bryan Wells and Victoria Ratcliff TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The Senate wrapped up final voting on a number of House bills Tuesday including the two-year state budget, education legislation and gun-related bills. The Senate passed its version of the budget 40-8, which differs in some funding compared to the House budget. This version […]

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Senate Democrats try and mostly fail to advance agenda in budget bill

By Emily Ketterer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Senate Democrats made one last effort Monday to pass a comprehensive hate crimes law– this time within the state budget.  Sen. Greg Taylor, D-Indianapolis offered two different amendments that would address the protected classes of age, gender and gender identity, which were left out of legislation Gov. Eric Holcomb […]

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Senate Republicans alter funding for DCS, K-12 schools in new state budget

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com   INDIANAPOLIS — Senate Republicans unveiled their version of the two-year state budget Thursday, embedding several changes to much-debated funding topics like teacher pay, child services and infrastructure. Though total expenditures remain the same at $34.6 billion, the state is on track to end the next biennium with $2.2 billion in […]

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Payday lending and school funding among top issues awaiting action in General Assembly

By Erica Irish and Emily Ketterer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — As the Indiana legislature approaches the end of the 2019 session, bills covering everything from student safety, school funding and payday lending have yet to be resolved. The state budget, which will touch on virtually every aspect of public life and could address growing tensions among educators […]

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