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Governor seeks aid for farmers deluged by rain

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—With record rainfall inundating the state over the past 12 months, Gov. Eric Holcomb is seeking federal aid for Hoosier farmers. Holcomb announced last week the state is requesting federal disaster aid for 88 out of 92 counties because of losses caused by flooding and excessive rain during this planting season. […]

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Eating Indiana duck in Mexico: The lieutenant governor’s trip across the border

  By Brandon Barger TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch is networking in Mexico this week. Her mission: To expand Indiana’s existing agricultural and tourism ties with this nation’s southern neighbor. Crouch, who returns to Indiana Thursday, is visiting both Mexico City and the state of Hidalgo on her five-day trade mission. In a […]

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Cities and towns across the nation face common issues

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS–Nearly 300 mayors, council members and other local leaders from across the United States are meeting in Indianapolis this week to discuss issues facing cities and towns. “The significance of our work is that no matter if you are a large town like New York City or if you are a […]

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Poor health and lack of new business hurting Hoosier economy, Chamber says 

By Abrahm Hurt  TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS–Indiana’s healthy economy could be undermined by a low growth of new businesses and high smoking and obesity rates, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce said in a report issued Monday. “Our unemployment levels have been below the national average and our surrounding states for a long time,” said Kevin Brinegar, Chamber president and […]

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Most state tax revenues up in May

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS–Indiana’s monthly revenue report shows the state exceeded projections in sales and use taxes for the first time since January. The state collected almost $672 million in sales taxes in May, which was 3% over their estimate, according to data compiled by the state Department of Revenue. In May 2018, the state […]

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Governor participates in jobs workshop in Washington

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Eric Holcomb is participating in the SelectUSA Investment Summit on Monday and Tuesday at the Washington Hilton in the nation’s capital. SelectUSA is a U.S. Department of Commerce program dedicated to help bring job-creating business investments into the United States. SelectUSA assembled leaders from sectors involving advanced manufacturing, information […]

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Lack of affordable housing is a growing problem in Indiana

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Every day in Indiana 86 families or nearly 32,000 a year are evicted from their homes, an event that will end up making it more difficult for them to find a place they can afford. That statistic was shared Wednesday by Prosperity Indiana, an economic development organization that works to provide […]

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Mexico trade tariffs could harm Hoosier businesses and consumers

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS–The leader of one of the state’s largest business organizations warns that a trade war with Mexico would be costly for Indiana consumers and industry alike. “A 5% tariff would essentially raise taxes on Hoosiers by $226 million a year,” Kevin Brinegar, president and CEO of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, […]

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Indiana broadband director named to national board

Staff Report The StatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Indiana’s director of broadband opportunities has been named to the national Broadband Advisory Committee, Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch announced this week. Scott Rudd was named to the committee by Ajit Pai, chair of the Federal Communications Commission, who has  reached out to individuals who work on broadband issues across the country […]

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New survey shows concern with employers’ ability to help addicted workers

By Emily Ketterer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS–A statewide survey shows that Indiana employers are underestimating the impact of substance abuse on their workplaces. A survey looking at substance abuse within Hoosier companies was compiled by Indiana Workforce Recovery, an initiative started by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and the Wellness Council of Indiana, and results were released […]

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