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By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – A key Indiana official told a Congressional committee Wednesday that online retailers should be required to pay sales taxes on web-based purchases to help state budgets and reduce their advantages over so-called brick-and-mortar stores. Sen. Luke Kenley, a Noblesville Republican who chairs the state Senate Appropriations Committee, […]
By Timothy Cox The Statehouse File FRANKLIN, Ind. – U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita said Monday that the nation’s mounting debt is “the red menace” and that getting control of the problem must begin with changes to Medicare. “The greatest threat to our national security in fact is not Al Queda. It’s not North Korea. It’s […]
Indiana has made small funding cut By John Gramlich Stateline.org staff writer South Carolina has slashed general fund appropriations for mental health programs by 39 percent over the last three years. During the same span, North Dakota increased its appropriations by 48 percent. Indiana mental health funding FY 2009: $249.9 million FY 2012: $245.6 million […]
By John Gramlich Stateline.org report When all 50 state attorneys general launched an investigation into the national foreclosure crisis a year ago, it was specifically aimed at “mortgage servicers” — the companies that process homeowners’ mortgage payments, modify loan terms and handle foreclosure paperwork on behalf of lenders. The states accused the servicers of using […]
As protests supporting Occupy Wall Street have swelled in recent weeks, hundreds of demonstrators have been arrested across the U.S. This weekend, nearly 100 people were arrested in New York and 175 in Chicago. More than 100 protesters were arrested in Boston last week; a few weeks ago, 700 were arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge.
Juvenile incarceration is expensive, harmful to kids and ineffective. That’s the conclusion of a new report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which argues that major changes are needed in the juvenile justice system to make it more cost effective and reduce recidivism.
Many states lately have been raising revenue by increasing user fees, rather than taking the politically risky step of hiking taxes. Now, a movement is growing to roll back fee hikes and to treat charges for parks, marriage certificates and other services the same as taxes.