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House passes funding for roads, regional cities

By Jasmine Otam TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Legislation for road improvements that would also fund a key piece of Gov. Mike Pence’s agenda passed the House Wednesday, but not by a large margin. An amended version of Senate Bill 333 passed the House 57-35 Thursday. The bill includes the House’s road funding plan, which would raise […]

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Indiana joins lawsuit against Affordable Care Act fee

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana is one of six states to join a lawsuit against a multimillion-dollar fee connected to the Affordable Care Act. The states argue the Health Insurance Providers Fee, which state governments must to pay the federal government in accordance with the Affordable Care Act, violates the Constitution and several statutes. […]

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Avoiding tax prep errors

By Gary Qi TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Department of Revenue is warning Hoosier taxpayers about typical errors that can happen while paying taxes. “The most common mistakes we see when taxpayers file their individual income tax returns are math errors,” said Amanda Stanley, director of public relations for the department. Stanley said filling out tax […]

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Three major tax filing errors and how to avoid them

Anastasia Gentry TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – As tax season begins, the Indiana Department of Revenue is providing taxpayers with advice. “If taxpayers have any questions, just don’t hesitate to contact us,” said Amanda Stanley, spokeswoman for the Indiana Department of Revenue. Tax season is an area that many people can struggle with. Stanley said they see […]

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Homeowner fears losing house if bill isn’t passed

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — An Indianapolis woman is advocating for a program that would help struggling homeowners pay property taxes in revitalized neighborhoods. “I want to put a face to a person that this bill will serve,” said Peggy Gamlin, 65. Gamlin is referring to House Bill 1026, a bill that would allow […]

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New bill would combine local income tax provisions

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A follow-up bill would update several laws to update them to match local income tax legislation passed last year. “This bill is to simplify the categories instead of having a whole hand of a large amount of alphabet soup of local taxes,” said Ways and Means Committee Chair Rep. […]

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Changes in legislation could clarify fees at the BMV

By Alysia Funderburg TheStathouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – House committee members discussed a measure Wednesday that would streamline the Bureau of Motor Vehicle registration and credentials for motorists and reduce fee complexity – a factor that has conjured up recent controversy after both under and overcharging customers. “Every Hoosier in the state of Indiana has to deal […]

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State employees eligible for raises in 2016

By Rachel Hoffmeyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State employees could see a boost in pay next year. Gov. Mike Pence announced Tuesday state employees who meet expectations will receive a 3 percent raise. Employees who exceed expectations will receive a 4 percent raise.  Those who are considered outstanding will receive a 6 percent raise. In a […]

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House Democrats propose $2 billion plan to improve Indiana roads, bridges

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana House Democrats proposed their plan Monday to fix Indiana’s roads and bridges less than a month after the governor announced his plan, “21st Century Crossroads.” “Unlike some other public services, roads have lasting, measurable value,” House Minority Leader, Scott Pelath, D-Michigan City, said in a statement. “Once skilled workers […]

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Governor unveils plan to pay back federal loan

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence announced Thursday the state will payoff its federal unemployment loan in time to avoid the Federal Unemployment Tax Act penalty. He said it would save Hoosier businesses $327 million in taxes. “I’m proud today to announce that because of our prudent fiscal management and financial planning, Indiana […]

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