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GOP and Democrats split on teacher pay in two-year budget proposal

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A budget proposal by House Republicans passed its first hurdle Tuesday in the House Ways and Means Committee on a party-line vote, after rejecting a plan by House Democrats to raise teacher pay.   Half of the $34.6 billion two-year budget, outlined in House Bill 1001, is slated to […]

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Despite shortfalls, state revenue is trending in the right direction

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — State revenue fell short in some areas in January 2019, according to the latest revenue forecast. But it’s unlikely the shortfalls will have a major effect on budget priorities, said Rep. Todd Huston, R-Fishers, co-chair of the House Ways and Means Committee. “We’re trending in the right way with […]

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Counties fight big box stores on property tax appeals

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—For years, Elise Nieshalla has served as an at-large council member for Boone County, where she oversees one of the fastest-growing regions in Indiana. But 2018 ended with a series of challenges, shifting the perspectives of her and fellow county leaders. And it all started with a popular grocery storefront at […]

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Governor’s budget calls for more K-12 funding but teacher pay questions remain

By Victoria Ratliff  TheStateHouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS- Gov. Eric Holcomb delivered a budget Thursday that fully funds his Next Level agenda, increases K-12 funding, but leaves some questioning about how he plans to get more money into teacher paychecks.   Micah Vincent, director of the Office of Management and Budget, walked members of the State Budget Committee through the nearly $34 billion two-year budget that increases […]

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Hoosiers support cigarette tax hike by wide margin, survey finds

By Victoria Ratliff TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Nearly three out of four Hoosiers support a $2 per pack hike in the cost of cigarettes and using the new money to keep children from smoking and helping current smokers quit. That is the result of a recent survey conducted by Bellwether Research and Consulting and paid for by the […]

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Teacher pay among top House GOP priorities, but Democrats say it’s not high enough

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana House Republicans say there is “no doubt” the next two-year state budget will have new money for K-12 education, but how much remains up in the air. House GOP leaders, piloted by House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, unveiled their 2019 legislative agenda Monday with the Department of Child […]

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State will have more revenue, but greater demands on budget in 2019

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s revenue for the next two years is expected to fall short of the money needed to fund everything from the Department of Child Services to teacher pay raises.  David Reynolds, senior fiscal analyst for Senate Republicans, presented a revenue forecast to the State Budget Agency early Monday that […]

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Legislative leaders turn to looming budget debate at annual conference

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Indiana lawmakers tasked with allocating funds in a new two-year budget are concerned that spending on the ailing Department of Child Services will swallow most of the anticipated new revenue, which will be announced Monday. Current estimates show the legislature might have anywhere between $325 million and $375 million in additional […]

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Department of Child Services seeks more money in next budget

By Eddie Drews TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—The Indiana Department of Child Services is seeking about $300 million more annually in funding in the next state budget, making permanent the infusions of additional cash that lawmakers and Gov. Eric Holcomb gave the troubled agency. In 2017, the budget appropriated more than $600 million annually for the 2018 and […]

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Governor unveils 2019 legislative agenda

By Dionte Coleman TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Gov. Eric Holcomb’s 2019 legislative agenda hits all the big topics he’s been pushing the past two years—workforce development, education, infrastructure and the opioid crisis. He’s even added a few new items to the agenda he announced Thursday at Traders Point Creamery in Zionsville, including increasing teacher pay, though not right […]

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