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30 Laws: Law orders study of state’s ‘regional’ cities

By Allie Nash TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Economic Development Corporation will conduct a study to compare Indiana cities to others across the region that are economically booming. The study – called for a by law that the General Assembly passed earlier this year – will provide Indiana cities with the information and resources to […]

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New project will compare local governments

By Seth Morin TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS- A project launched this month by Indiana University will enable state policymakers, local officials and citizens to evaluate the impact of state laws on local government. The project titled “Fiscal Benchmarking for Indiana’s Local Governments” will produce timely and accessible information about the fiscal health of local governments for state […]

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30 Laws: Abandoned houses should be easier to buy under new law

By Seth Morin TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A plan that aims to make abandoned and vacant properties a thing of the past – or at least significantly less detrimental to communities than today – when an abandoned housing law takes effect on July 1. “Abandoned homes are a poison in the cul de sac,” said Sen. […]

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30 Laws: Mass transit votes won’t come for two years

By Emily Metheny TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Central Indiana voters won’t see proposals to raise taxes for mass transit on the ballots until at least 2016. Lawmakers authorized the referendums in legislation that becomes law July 1 but local officials say they are only now in the planning stages for eventual votes – at least in […]

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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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