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Senate approves balanced budget amendment

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Lawmakers would be required to pass balanced budgets – something they generally do now – under a proposed constitutional amendment the Senate moved on Tuesday. Senate Joint Resolution 19 – authored by Sen. Brandt Hershman, R-Buck Creek – would prohibit state budget appropriations from exceeding state revenues. However, the restriction […]

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$32.4 billion budget bill moves to Senate on party-line vote

    By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The House passed a $31.5 billion, two-year budget Tuesday that boosts funding for K-12 education and spends more on domestic violence programs, community corrections, tourism and mass transit. The bill passed 68-29 largely on party lines, with minority Democrats complaining that the plan cuts funding to urban […]

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Democrats try but fail to boost money for all school districts

By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Republicans voted down Democratic amendments Monday that would have changed the way their two-year budget plan spends money on K-12 schools. That clears House Bill 1001 for a vote by the full House on Tuesday. An amendment authored by Rep. Greg Porter, D-Indianapolis, would have fully funded a free […]

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Analysis: Republicans & Democrats made good points on school funding

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Analysis: Republicans & Democrats made good points on school funding

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The results are in – and they are not surprising. Months after House Republicans first said they wanted to revamp school funding, the changes have been translated into actual dollars for districts. As expected, growing districts – those in suburban areas – receive more money under the plan and […]

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Budget bill shifts money among schools, moves to full House

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Republicans pushed a two-year, $31.4 billion budget out of a House committee Wednesday despite complaints from Democrats that it robs money from urban and rural school districts to increase funding for suburban ones. The spending plan boosts overall K-12 school funding by 4.7 percent through two years but changes […]

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Republican budget spends more on schools, changes how dollars are distributed

By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana House Republicans released their first draft of the state’s next two-year budget Monday, which included more than $16 billion in K-12 education funding – a 4.7 percent increase from the previous biennium and significantly more than suggested by Gov. Mike Pence. K-12 education comprises 52 percent of […]

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House approves bill to let private firms seize tax refunds for debts

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The House passed a bill Monday that would the state take or reduce an individual’s tax return check to settle private debt. Private firms would pay a fee for the service. “This bill will increase revenue to the state or at least offset costs to the Department of Revenue,” […]

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House backs off Pence plan to cut higher ed tax credit; mulls expensive break for businesses

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana House is dropping one unpopular part of Gov. Mike Pence’s proposed tax overhaul – and another key section is in jeopardy. House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, said Thursday the House won’t grant the governor’s wish to eliminate a tax credit for Hoosiers who donate money to universities […]

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Tax ‘simplification’ bill raises plenty of questions

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Lawmakers are considering legislation that would eliminate $21 million in annual tax cuts for businesses and individuals, bolster a break for the working poor, and expand a sales tax exemption for businesses. House Bill 1349 is meant to simplify the state’s tax system while remaining revenue neutral, meaning the […]

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FSSA budget gets Ways & Means once over

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – In a presentation to the Indiana House Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday, the Family and Social Services Administration requested upwards of $6 billion in funding for the next biennium – making it the second biggest portion of the state’s two-year budget. FSSA Secretary John Wernert and Chief Financial Office […]

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