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House Republicans propose cigarette tax hike to fund budget

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Hoosiers could soon pay $1 more for every pack of cigarettes they purchase if Indiana House Republicans move forward with their proposed biennial state budget. Rep. Tim Brown, R-Crawfordsville, unveiled the $31 billion budget Wednesday, with a cigarette tax hike that would provide the state with an additional $287 […]

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Groups push House committee for more education, public transit money

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The House Ways and Means Committee heard testimony from organizations wanting a bigger slice of Gov. Eric Holcomb’s proposed $32 billion two-year budget plan Thursday. Holcomb unveiled the budget, which provides a small increase in education spending, to the state budget committee earlier in the week. But Gail Zeheralis, […]

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Governor, statewide officeholders could be in for a raise

By Quinn Fitzgerald TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Circuit court judges in Marion County make nearly $30,000 more a year than the governor of Indiana. Sen. Randall Head, R-Logansport, wants to change that and give the governor and some other state officials a raise. “I think the salaries are so low that we drive away talent from […]

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Senate is next stop for balanced budget amendment

By James Polston TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS ­— A committee Tuesday advanced a key piece of the of Senate Republicans’ legislative agenda, amending the state constitution to prevent lawmakers from passing a budget that spends more than the state’s projected revenue. The Senate Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee passed Senate Joint Resolution 7 with a 10-3 vote, […]

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Education, roads, drugs among priorities in Holcomb’s budget

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Eric Holcomb has proposed a slight increase in education spending in his proposed $32 billion two-year budget plan that was introduced to the state budget committee Tuesday. Micah Vincent, director of the state’s Office of Management and Budget, laid out the 2018 and 2019 fiscal year plan to […]

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Newly-selected auditor sworn into office

By Christian Sullivan TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Tera Klutz’s life changed only a week ago when Gov. Eric Holcomb announced she would become Indiana’s new auditor.  Klutz, the now-former Allen County auditor, was sworn into office Monday and fills the role being vacated by Suzanne Crouch who was elected to serve as lieutenant governor. “Tera Klutz, […]

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State expects less revenue in 2017 than originally forecast

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The General Assembly will have less money to work with in the upcoming fiscal year than they previously planned. “The committee has lowered the fiscal year 2017 forecast by nearly $300 million as compared to the December ’15 forecast,” Ben Tooley, Director of Fiscal Policy for the House Republicans, […]

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Candidates for governor discuss pre-K, infrastructure

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — All three candidates for governor met Tuesday to discuss issues facing Indiana, including expanding pre-K, improving the state’s infrastructure and the effect of civic leadership. The Indiana University Public Policy Institute hosted the gubernatorial forum after gathering data about what Hoosiers want from the next governor. The data, complied […]

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State ends fiscal year with highest reserves in history

By Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb and State Auditor Suzanne Crouch detailed the state’s financial footing following the close of the 2016 fiscal year and said Indiana ended with the most reserves in history. “Hoosiers deserve to know their hard-earned dollars are being spent in a responsible manner,” said Holcomb in […]

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30 laws in 30 days: New law expected to decrease farmland property taxes

By Alaa Abdeldaiem TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Jack Maloney has farmed all his life. As a fourth-generation farmer, Maloney has never had another job. His 2,800 acres of corn, soybeans and wheat in Brownsburg, Indiana, have been around since 1861, and Maloney said he hopes they’ll be around for much longer. But the state hasn’t made […]

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