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State offers free tax filing services to 1 million Hoosiers

By Lauren Casey The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – More than 1 million low- and moderate-income Hoosiers will now be able to file their income tax returns at no cost under a program announced Tuesday by the Indiana Department of Revenue. The Indiana “freefile” program begins in 2012 and is a partnership between the state, federal […]

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Former IURC official indicted in agency scandal

Staff report The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – A Marion County grand jury has indicted the former head of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission on three felony counts of official misconduct stemming from a scandal involving the agency and Duke Energy. David Lott Hardy, whom Gov. Mitch Daniels fired earlier this year, faces charges that he […]

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Dan Parker stepping down as Indiana Democratic chairman. Read his letter & hear him speak.

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Dan Parker said Monday he will step down as chairman of the Indiana Democratic Party after a seven-year tenure that included big political highs – including Barack Obama’s 2008 win in the state – but recent lows as well. Read Dan Parker’s letter announcing that he is […]

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Right to work: Two views

The controversial right-to-work legislation – which would free Hoosier workers from paying fees to unions they don’t join – ground the 2010 session of the  General Assembly to a halt and promises to be the dominating issue in 2012 as well. The basics of right to work are fairly easy to understand. Currently, Indiana companies […]

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Democrats seek independent review after Daniels administration finds tax mistake

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Key Democrats are seeking an independent audit and investigation into how Gov. Mitch Daniels’ administration could have unknowingly left $320 million in corporate tax receipts sitting in an account as the state was struggling to balance its budget. Listen to Sen. John Broden, D-South Bend, talk about […]

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Shepard leaving Indiana Supreme Court

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard said Wednesday that he would retire from the bench in the spring. The announcement that Shepard, who has been serving on the Supreme Court since 1985 and has been chief justice since 1987, brought immediate reaction from around the state. Gov. […]

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Labor poll on right-to-work draws fire from GOP

By Timothy Cox and Samm Quinn The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Union leaders released a poll Wednesday morning they say shows that Hoosiers don’t support a right-to-work law, which would prevent Indiana companies from making union membership a condition of employment. By Wednesday afternoon, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and Republicans had fired back, calling […]

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Commentary: When feds spend highway money, taxpayers get fleeced

By Andrea Neal Indiana Policy Review Right before his inauguration in 2009, Barack Obama invited the nation’s governors to meet with him in Philadelphia to discuss the nation’s economic problems. Gov. Mitch Daniels teamed up with his buddy, Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, to start a conversation about federal stimulus spending. Their idea was for the […]

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State finds $288 million that could lead to small tax break

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mitch Daniels’ administration has found $288 million in corporate tax revenue that had not been appropriately moved from the Department of Revenue to the state’s main checking account since 2007. That new revenue – combined with tax receipts that have been beating state estimates – means […]

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Video: Statehouse wreath ceremony

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Members of the Civil Air Patrol and its youth organization laid a wreath Monday at the base of a memorial in the Indiana Statehouse Rotunda. The ceremony – which included the playing of taps – was part of the larger Wreaths Across America program, a Congressionally-designated initiative […]

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