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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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Goodwill’s Nurse-Family Partnership creates lifetime bonds

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Nidia Cuevas dreams of the day she can serve Hoosier families as a nurse. Cuevas, an Indianapolis resident, was 19 when she found out she was pregnant with Oliver, her now two-year-old son. “In the beginning, I was a bit lost with my pregnancy. I was worried about school, […]

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Gas tax plan generates back-and-forth debate in Senate

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – When gas prices are down, cars snake around the block. When they’re up, they make their way from town to town just to save a few pennies. Indiana currently ranks in the middle of the pack in state gas prices nationally. But Scot Imus, executive director for the Indiana […]

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$1 per pack tax hike on cigarettes opposed by convenience stores

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana convenience store owners say a proposed $1 tax hike on every pack of cigarettes would devastate their businesses. Members of the Indiana Grocery and Convenience Store Association, including President Joe Lackey, testified against the cigarette tax increase in a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing Monday. The Senate Appropriations Committee […]

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Budget passes House after questions of education funding

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The House Republican version of the state’s two-year, $32 billion budget passed the full House Monday after questions about whether the budget is favoring charter and suburban schools over traditional public and urban schools. Rep. Tim Brown, R-Crawfordsville, called the House Bill 1001 budget an “honest, good appraisal” of […]

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Amendments offered to state budget see little success

By Dustin Beach TheStatehouseFIle.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Several amendments were offered on Thursday to the state’s two-year budget, but only one saw positive results. The successful amendment, offered by Rep. Lloyd Arnold, R-Leavenworth, would allow state conservation officers to be under the same pay raise system as other state police officers. “Initially their raises were going […]

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