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State still working on details of tax amnesty program

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State officials haven’t yet determined when they’ll launch a tax amnesty program the legislature authorized last month – but they say a decision is coming soon. The eight-week program will let tax scofflaws catch up on taxes they’ve failed to pay through Jan. 1, 2013. Amanda Stanley, a spokesman […]

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Pence signs budget $31 billion, two-year budget bill

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com LEBANON, Ind. – Gov. Mike Pence signed a two-year, $31.3 billion state budget into law on Thursday surrounded by kids at Perry Worth Elementary School in Boone County. The bill means $460 million more for public schools and private school vouchers plus another $20 million in extra funding for charter schools. And […]

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How Gov. Pence fared on 4 key agenda items

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How Gov. Pence fared on 4 key agenda items

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Lawmakers handed Gov. Mike Pence wins on nearly every piece of his legislative agenda during the 2015 session that ended late Wednesday. It was almost a sweep. And even some legislators seemed surprised by how well the Republican governor – who just weeks ago seemed crippled by a furor […]

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Balanced budget amendment passes first test

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The governor’s proposed balanced budget amendment passed the General Assembly late Wednesday night. Senate Joint Resolution 19 would amend the Indiana Constitution to prohibit lawmakers from passing a budget that spends more than the state’s projected revenues. The resolution must be approved by the legislature again in either 2017 […]

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Legislature passes $31 billion budget minutes til midnight deadline

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Lawmakers adjourned for the year late Wednesday after passing a two-year, $31.3 billion budget that boosts funding for schools and leaves the state with slightly less money in reserves. The budget passed the House and Senate just a minute before a midnight deadline along party lines and moves to […]

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Budget bans state archives building on Central Canal

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS –The Pence administration would be banned from constructing a new, $25 million state archives building along the Central Canal in downtown Indianapolis under the budget bill lawmakers plan to approve Wednesday. “That’s green space and it’s not a big enough space,” said Senate Appropriations Chairman Luke Kenley, R-Noblesville, who put […]

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Final budget negotiations underway with less than 2 weeks left in session

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Legislative fiscal leaders launched final budget negotiations Friday with a somber tone, a reflection of this week’s downward revision in the state’s revenue projections. “There will have to be spending reductions” in the $31.5 billion proposals approved by both the House and Senate, said House Ways & Means Chairman […]

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Projections: Tax revenue will be $213 million less for next budget

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State lawmakers will have about $213 million less to spend during the next two years than they thought when they started working on the 2016-2017 budget. That’s a drop of less than 1 percent each year, according to a revenue forecast the State Budget Committee received Thursday morning. So […]

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Balanced budget amendment passed by House; awaits action in 2017 or 2018

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The proposed balance budget amendment that passed the House on Wednesday now must wait until 2017 for the General Assembly to approve it a second time. “By voting in favor of the balanced budget amendment, Indiana House members took an important step toward ensuring that the fiscal responsibility of […]

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Budget moves to conference committee; revenue forecast to determine final spending

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate passed a two-year, $31.5 billion budget Wednesday but the plan is about to go under the knife. The Republican-written budget includes more money for K-12 schools, technical programs and state universities, with a particular emphasis on Indiana University and Purdue University regional campuses. But the proposal’s main […]

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