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Commentary: Trump, tax cuts and a jolly old elf

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Commentary: Trump, tax cuts and a jolly old elf

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – If President Donald Trump’s proposed tax cut package demonstrates anything, it is that our long national fantasy that business people are animated by the same motivations as Santa Claus continues. Trump’s plan at this stage is about as detailed as a stick figure drawing, but it appears that it […]

Daughter’s death by suicide spurs mother to action

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Lana Swoape, a single mom of three kids, was perhaps closest to her middle child, her daughter, Tori. Tori was a fair-skinned, biracial girl with light eyes and light hair — light enough to turn blonde in the summer. She had a bubbly personality and found something in common […]

A closeted childhood: The long-lasting impact of Riley’s Child Protection Program on one child abuse victim

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – An emaciated 2-year-old looks at the camera with fear in eyes wet with tears. Ribs show. A notecard with her name, Brandi Zachary, written in pencil covers her naked body. “That was me,” Brandi said. The photo was taken on May 4, 1995, when Brandi showed up to Riley […]

Education chief will be appointed, not elected in eight years

By Dustin Beach TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – A decades-long debate over how the state’s top education official should be picked came to an end Thursday. Gov. Eric Holcomb signed a bill into law which would remove the state superintendent of public instruction post from Indiana ballots. Beginning in 2025, the governor will select a secretary of […]

Parkway renamed to honor Mel Simon

By Darrell Crenshaw TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Mel Simon did much to promote the development of Indianapolis, and today Indianapolis found a way to give back to him and his family. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Simon served in the U.S. Army, which led him to being stationed at Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indianapolis in 1953. After leaving the military, […]

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New syringe exchange law causes hope and concern in Scott County

By Zoie Richey TheStatehouseFile.com  AUSTIN, Indiana — While walking down the streets of Austin, the sounds of dogs barking and sight of the trash in the ditches distract from the smaller, less noticeable objects lying on the ground: syringes. The bright orange caps are the only thing that help the needles stand out in the […]

Commentary: I was just happy to be there

Commentary: I was just happy to be there

By Michael Leppert www.contrariana.com I finished a series of projects this week, as did a number of my friends. We all work in the Indiana Statehouse in varying roles, and the legislative session just concluded. The Statehouse is a unique place during the session, especially at the end. The interested parties in negotiations for the […]

Video: Holcomb signs state budget, road funding plans

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Governor signs budget, big road funding initiative into law

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Eric Holcomb gave his final approval of the state’s $32.3 billion two-year budget and road funding plans Thursday. “Both these bills are going to transform our state from where we gather today, from this very moment in the people’s house, to where we want to be five, 10, […]

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Staff now allowed to carry guns inside the Statehouse

By Nicole Hernandez TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — General Assembly staff can now pack heat inside and around the Statehouse. Senate Bill 43 immediately went into effect after Gov. Eric Holcomb signed the bill into law Wednesday. The bill, authored by Sen. Jim Tomes, R-Wadesville, allows the employees to carry guns inside the Statehouse if they have […]

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