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Coalition objects to proposed 3 percent cut in transit funding

By Hannah Troyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – With a proposed 3 percent cut in the state’s mass transit budget for 2016, a coalition is pushing for an almost $18 million increase in funding instead. The Indiana Citizens’ Alliance for Transit has launched the Invest INtransit campaign – focused on increasing the state’s public mass transportation spending […]

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Bill to fund 211 referral service headed to the House floor

By Deron Molen TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A service that helps Hoosiers connect to critical health and safety resources could receive state funding if lawmakers support a bill heading to the House floor. House Bill 1010, authored by Rep. Jud McMillin, R-Brookville, would appropriate $2 million annually to the 211 phone service. The service is currently […]

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State could nab taxpayer refund checks for private debt under bill

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The state could take a taxpayer’s refund check to settle private debt under legislation the House Judiciary Committee debated Monday. House Bill 1358 would apply only when a creditor – which could be a bank, a credit card company, a service provider or other firm – obtains a court […]

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INDOT officials say they need more cash to keep up

Hannah Troyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Transportation told the House Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday it simply needs more money. INDOT Commissioner Karl Browning and Chief Financial Officer Dan Brassard discussed the department’s direction for the next two years and it will be focusing on its priorities. This year, INDOT will […]

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Democrats chide Pence’s budget priorities

By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Democrats called into question Tuesday the way Gov. Mike Pence wants to distribute education funding in the two-year budget he’s given to the House Ways & Means Committee. Rep. Ed Delaney, D-Indianapolis, took issue with the amount of money the governor is seeking to allocate to charter schools and […]

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State Board of Accounts wants more cash to meet audit requirements

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The State Board of Accounts has requested an additional $10 million over the next two years to increase staff and perform timely audits. “Examinations are being delayed or postponed,” State Examiner Paul Joyce told the budget-writing House Ways and Means Committee. “We currently have examinations that have not been […]

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Democrats pan Pence proposal for balanced budget amendment

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — House Minority Leader Scott Pelath, D-Michigan City, called the governor’s plan for a balanced budget constitutional amendment “a solution in search of a problem.” Just minutes after Republican Gov. Mike Pence finished his third State of the State address, Pelath and other Democrats all but dismissed his idea. “We’ve […]

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Governor’s proposed cell tower leases would fund bicentennial projects

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The state is looking to get as much as $50 million from long-term cell tower leases in order to help finance Gov. Mike Pence’s 2016 bicentennial plans. According a booklet describing Pence’s proposed budget, the state’s cell tower infrastructure is currently being underutilized and “is not realizing its full […]

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Farmers push to delay property tax hike – again

By Levi Lotz TheSatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Farmers would wait one more year to face higher property taxes based on the value of their soil under legislation a Senate committee approved Monday. Senate Bill 205 imposes another one-year delay on the implementation of soil productivity factors that could boost tax payments for farmers while lowering taxes […]

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December revenues beat new projections

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — State tax receipts in December beat projections, keeping the state on pace to meet the revenues needed to fund Republican Gov. Mike Pence’s proposed budget, which is expected to leave $2 billion in the bank by June 2017. Tax collections totaled more than $1.3 billion for the month, 2 […]

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