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Governor signs budget, big road funding initiative into law

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Eric Holcomb gave his final approval of the state’s $32.3 billion two-year budget and road funding plans Thursday. “Both these bills are going to transform our state from where we gather today, from this very moment in the people’s house, to where we want to be five, 10, […]

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Holcomb weighs controversial cold beer, abortion, solar bills

By Christina Ramey TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Eric Holcomb got almost everything he wanted from the 2017 legislation session but now he’s faced with the decision on whether to sign the two most controversial bills of the session. Holcomb held a news conference Tuesday to talk about his legislative successes, including doubling the money for […]

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Two-year budget sent to the governor after late night votes

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The state’s $32.3 billion two-year budget will head to the governor’s desk for final approval next week after lawmakers resolved several sharp disagreements over taxes and education funding. The budget passed both the House and Senate Friday, 68-30 and 42-8 respectively. “I’m very satisfied that we’ve completed a historic […]

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Indiana’s infrastructure undergoes plans to be repaired

By Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — More of Indiana’s crumbling roads and bridges will be fixed as a result of a massive funding bill approved on the final night of the legislative session. House Bill 1002, the plan to improve Indiana’s infrastructure, sailed through the General Assembly on Friday with a vote of 37-12 in […]

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Direct flights from Indy would boost economy, say business leaders

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Business leaders across the state are urging lawmakers to approve incentives for more direct international flights to Indianapolis, saying these flights will boost the region’s economy. In a letter to Sen. Luke Kenley, R-Noblesville, Hillenbrand, Eli Lilly, Cummins Inc. and 25 other Indiana businesses asked him in his role as […]

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Indiana has $200 million more coming in than originally estimated

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — An unanticipated surplus in the state’s estimated revenue could be what Sen. Luke Kenley, R-Noblesville, calls an “appropriate cushion” for Indiana’s two-year budget. The revenue forecast, presented to the State Budget Committee Wednesday by a bipartisan group of analysts, revealed nearly $200 million in additional revenues in fiscal years […]

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Senate Democrats try and fail to push their agenda on budget votes

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Senate Democrats tried to use the budget Wednesday to force votes on some of the issues they championed this legislative session. They failed. The Senate version of the two-year budget totals $32.1 billion, leaving $1.8 billion in reserves. The plan slashes the House’s proposed $1 cigarette tax hike, provides […]

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Democrat hopes to make Senate road plan into “Indiana jobs” bill fail

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Attempts by Senate Democrats to make changes to the Senate Republican road funding plan failed Monday. Sen. Karen Tallian, D-Portage, spoke on behalf of the Senate Democrats for her giant amendment, which would have raised the cigarette tax, phased out a moratorium on corporate income taxes, and mandated Hoosiers […]

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Road funding: Gov. against cigarette tax hike, tolls still on the table

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Eric Holcomb’s press conference in the 2017 legislative session came with revealing details about where he stands on pre-K funding, the cigarette tax and toll roads. This comes after the Indiana House and Senate unveiled their proposed budgets for the next two fiscal years. The House budget called […]

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Senate budget slashes cigarette tax, pre-K

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Senate leaders unveiled their version of the state’s budget Thursday without a cigarette tax hike, but including the possibility for toll roads and less funding than the House for the On My Way Pre-K pilot program. The Senate’s version totals $32.1 billion over two years, leaving $1.8 billion in […]

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