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Transportation officials deal with pothole problems

By Hannah Troyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – This winter may have been tough with record amounts of snowfall and frigid temperatures, but dealing with the aftermath may be tougher. As the Indianapolis Department of Public Works fights for more money to combat the large number of potholes on local roads, counties around the state are also […]

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Pence signs mass transit legislation for Central Indiana

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence has signed legislation meant to provide funding for a mass transit expansion in Central Indiana. The law authorizes officials in Marion, Madison, Johnson, Hancock, Hamilton, and Delaware counties to seek voter permission to raise income taxes to fund a regional bus system. The goal is to add […]

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Deal on mass transit headed for votes Thursday

By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Key legislators say they have reached a compromise on a bill that gives local officials in several counties the authority to expand mass transit throughout Central Indiana. Sen. Pat Miller, R-Indianapolis, who authored Senate Bill 176, said she plans to sign the conference committee report on mass transit, which […]

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Bill to help with abandoned homes headed to governor

By Allie Nash TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Senate unanimously passed a bill Wednesday that will attempt to expedite the process of buying abandoned homes. Senate Bill 422 would allow for an interest rate of only 5 percent, and buyers would take ownership of a home as soon as the tax sale is completed. Under […]

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Bill to boost Indiana’s metro areas passes Senate

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill meant to find ways to help the state’s regional metropolitan areas is headed to Gov. Mike Pence to be signed into law. House Bill 1035 passed the Senate unanimously on Tuesday. The bill requires the Indiana Economic Corporation to complete a study by Oct. 1 to determine […]

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Mass transit bill headed to conference committee

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The House passed legislation to authorize new taxes for an expanded bus system but the bill is headed to a conference committee where lawmakers will try to find a compromise on the issue. Senate Bill 176 lets officials in Delaware, Hamilton, Hancock, Johnson, Madison and Marion counties act to […]

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House passes bill to allow local funding of military bases

By John Sittler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana House unanimously passed a bill Monday that would expand support for in-state military bases. Senate Bill 260 – authored by Sen. Jim Banks, R-Columbia City – would allow local units of government to fund bases or other entities that provide support to the base. Local governments would […]

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Senate sends mass transit bill to House

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate passed a mass transit bill 28-20 on Tuesday that’s meant to give Central Indiana officials authority to impose new taxes to pay for an expanded bus system for the region. Senate Bill 176 could mean higher taxes for individuals and corporations – but only if county officials […]

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Ellspermann announces program to help communities with blighted neighborhods

By Zach Schmitt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Communities could get federal funds to help clear blighted neighborhoods of abandoned homes under a new program that is part of Indiana’s Hardest Hit Fund. Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann announced Monday that federal officials agreed to let the state spend $75 million on the new Blight Elimination Program. The […]

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State could spend $400 million in highways sooner under bill passed by House

Indiana House passes road funding bill from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com A bill to free up $400 million for state highways and assign $25 million of it for local road projects passed the Indiana House of Representatives on Monday. House Bill 1002, authored by Rep. Tim Brown, R- Crawfordsville, transfers the balance […]

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