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I-65 widening will be first project funded with new roads money

By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Widening Interstate 65 south of Indianapolis and at Lafayette will be the first projects constructed using additional road funding the General Assembly approved last month. Gov. Mike Pence announced the projects Thursday in what he called the launch of the Major Moves 2020 highway construction program. Pence ordered the […]

Commentary: Ethics, questions and conflicts

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Commentary: Ethics, questions and conflicts

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org When Indiana lawmakers adjourned March 14, I wondered what I was going to write about next. And when I got news that Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma had requested an ethics investigation of fellow Republican State Rep. Eric Turner, the first thing that came to mind was “this is going to […]

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Speaker sends Turner issue to ethics committee

By Deron Molen TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The fate of a potential investigation into Rep. Eric Turner, R-Cicero, and his handling of nursing home legislation is now in the hands of the House Ethics Committee. House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, sent the issue to the committee after Democratic Party Chairman John Zody asked the leader to […]

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Webcast episode 7: TheStatehouseFile weekly roundup

Anchors Andi TenBarge and Ian Mullen host this week’s legislative recap with stories about the governor’s agenda, a proposed veterans-to-teachers program and more. Webcast – show 7 from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. Reporters Antonio Cordero, Deron Molen, John Sittler, Andi TenBarge and Jessica Wray have stories this week. Jesse Wilson directed and filmed the show with […]

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Bosma: Summer study would be ‘victory’ in pre-K debate

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – House Speaker Brian Bosma acknowledged Thursday that lawmakers might not approve even a pilot pre-kindergarten program this session and may instead study the issue for another year. Bosma said he’s disappointed the Senate stripped a five-county pilot program out of a House bill. The Senate is set to consider […]

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Senate cuts Pence road funding request by half

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A Senate committee voted Thursday to give Republican Gov. Mike Pence just half the road funding he wants – $200 million that could be used to pay for key improvements to interstates. The move is a partial blow to one of the governor’s key legislative goals: Freeing up $400 […]

Commentary: HJR 3 and Indiana’s epic failure of leadership

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Commentary: HJR 3 and Indiana’s epic failure of leadership

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A short time after the Indiana Senate opted to delay putting a controversial proposed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage on the ballot for at least two years, President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, said something disturbing. Reporters asked Long whether a federal court decision the day before that […]

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State revenues down in January

By Jessica Wray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State revenues fell below expectations in January – the first month after fiscal experts revised estimates downward as the economy failed to recover as expected. State taxes brought in $38 million below projections last month. Sales, individual income, corporate income and gambling taxes all missed their marks. For the […]

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Pence: Legislative session is ‘productive’ so far, agenda largely intact

By Allie Nash TheStatehousefile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence said Thursday he’s pleased with the way his agenda is faring at the halfway point of the 2014 session of the General Assembly. Talking to a group of reporters in his office, Pence said he is happy with the bills that have passed the House and […]

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House, Senate approved tax plans as local officials howl

By Olivia Covington TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The House and Senate approved bills Thursday to reduce the business property tax just hours after local government officials from across the state joined to protest the legislation. Representatives from Indiana counties, police, fire chiefs, schools and local government officials said they are against the bills – which would […]

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