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Governor undeterred by trade war as he prepares to travel to China

By Brandon Barger TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Eric Holcomb is headed to China Sunday for a two-week-long Asian trade mission, convinced he can successfully boost business relationships despite the Trump administration’s ongoing trade war with that nation. “It’s the perfect time to be making the trip,” Holcomb said Thursday. This trip, which also includes stops […]

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Report: Payday loans cost Hoosiers millions

By Brynna Sentel TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS— Payday lenders have drained an estimated $322 million in finance charges from Hoosiers over the last five years, according to a new report from groups advocating for the state to rein in those businesses. The report, released Tuesday by the Indiana Institute for Working Families and the Indiana Assets & […]

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Task Force holds first meeting on renewable energy

By Brandon Barger TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—A new task force guiding Indiana from its coal-dominated past and present into a future of renewable energy held its first meeting Monday, hearing hours of testimony from consumer groups and industry representatives. The 21st Century Energy Policy Development Task Force was formed out of House Bill 1278 which passed in the […]

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Indiana’s unemployment rate falls, remains below national average

By Lacey Watt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Indiana’s July unemployment rate dropped to 3.4%, below the national rate of 3.7% and the lowest it has been since April 2018, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development reported. At the same time, the overall number of people working decreased by more than 6,000 in the past month, leaving the new […]

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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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