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Struggle to stay afloat but some parents celebrate the extended Child Tax Credit

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Struggle to stay afloat but some parents celebrate the extended Child Tax Credit

By Carolina Puga Mendoza TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS—The U.S.government approved a monthly payment for parents to help families get back on their feet as COVID-19 fades away.  As of July 15, families throughout the country will receive a payment per child as part of the newly approved extended Child Tax Credit.  The American Rescue Plan expanded the […]

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2021 session recesses with passing of popular state budget

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2021 session recesses with passing of popular state budget

By Alexa Shrake TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—The Indiana state budget passed both the House and Senate with overwhelmingly bipartisan support Thursday, prompting legislators to end the session praising one another and cheering like kids on the last day of school as they walked out of their chambers for the last time this spring.  “It benefits every community […]

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State budget pleases many with its education focus

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State budget pleases many with its education focus

By Alexa Shrake TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Almost all sides offered praise Wednesday for the final state budget proposal announced by Gov. Eric Holcomb and state legislative leaders, focusing mostly on its massive investment in education.  Last week after the General Assembly learned of the revenue forecast that brought in $2 billion more than expected, the budget proposal […]

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State budget seizes the day with massive investment in education

State budget seizes the day with massive investment in education

By Alexa Shrake  TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Gov. Eric Holcomb and state legislative leaders on Tuesday announced a final version of the state budget for the next two years, which includes increased funding for teacher pay, broadband and mental health.  “I think we’re living in a rare time,” Holcomb said. “We’re going to seize the day.”  Last week […]

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State budget plans adjust as revenue forecast predicts an extra $2 billion

By Alexa Shrake  TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS—The revenue forecast announced Thursday morning revealed $2 billion more than expected is available to lawmakers as they finalize the state budget, House Bill 1001. The budget that passed out of the Senate Tuesday added six amendments to the bill passed by the House in February. Currently, the budget plans to […]

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Indiana state budget passes Senate

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Indiana state budget passes Senate

By Taylor Dixon TheStatehousefile.com The Indiana state budget proposed in House Bill 1001 passed the Senate Tuesday. The bill will now return to the House and likely a conference committee where lawmakers will work to resolve differences between the two chambers on funding levels involving education, public health, infrastructure and other issues. One of the […]

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Senate Republicans propose changes to state budget, including reduced spending on school vouchers

By Hope Shrum TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—An amendment to the state budget bill from Indiana Senate Republicans proposed scaling back funding for the private school voucher program and increasing funding for public K-12 schools. The state budget—House Bill 1001—unanimously passed through the Senate Committee on Appropriations Thursday after the Republicans’ amendment passed. Senate Democrats proposed several amendments […]

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State agencies propose budgets to Senate committee

State agencies propose budgets to Senate committee

By Hope Shrum TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Representatives from nine Indiana agencies spoke at the Senate Appropriations Committee meeting Thursday, presenting their proposed budgets to the group of senators. The state budget has been in the Appropriations Committee since the end of February. Public university representatives spoke to the committee last week, and the committee will continue to […]

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Public universities present their budget requests to the Appropriations Committee Thursday

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Public universities present their budget requests to the Appropriations Committee Thursday

By Alexa Shrake TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Representatives from all seven of Indiana’s public universities spoke at the Senate Appropriations Committee meeting Thursday requesting more funding for higher education in the state budget.  Currently, the state plans to set aside 11% of its $36.3 billion budget for higher education over the next two years.  Rep. Tim Brown, R-Crawfordsville, […]

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Graphic: The Senate Appropriations Committee

Graphic: The Senate Appropriations Committee

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