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GOP, Democratic leaders find common ground in Holcomb’s address

By Shelby Mullis and Quinn Fitzgerald TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Both Democratic and Republican leaders found optimism in Gov. Eric Holcomb’s first State of the State address. House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, and Senate President Pro Tempore David Long, R-Fort Wayne, thought the governor did well in his address Tuesday night. “He really hit on a […]

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Designated tweeters deliver running commentary for State of the State

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – In addition to print, TV and radio reporters covering Gov. Eric Holcomb’s first State of the State address Tuesday night, five people sat in the audience with their fingers flying. Those five individuals — including talk radio host Tony Katz and Gina Leckron, state director for Habitat for Humanity […]

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ISTEP replacement could come in 2018

By Taylor Brown TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — ISTEP’s replacement could be called ILEARN. A bill, authored by Rep. Bob Behning, R-Indianapolis, would replace the ISTEP test program beginning with the 2018-2019 school year with a new statewide assessment program. ILEARN stands for Indiana’s Learning Evaluation Assessment Readiness Network. “It doesn’t matter what we call the test. We […]

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Hundreds of students applied for future educator scholarship

By Sarah Ramon TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – More than 600 hopeful Hoosier students will compete for one of 200 scholarships that would provide up to $7,500 annually to those who agree to teach in the state for at least five years after graduation. “Today’s news is promising as it reflects the interest and excitement of those […]

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Leaders have high hopes for Holcomb’s next four years

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – On Monday morning, party leaders urged newly-inaugurated Gov. Eric Holcomb to carry the legacy and Democrats urged him to learn from the mistakes of his predecessors. In his final day in Indiana, former governor and Vice President-elect Mike Pence attended the inauguration and welcomed his former lieutenant governor into […]

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Gas tax increase, toll roads part of road construction plan

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosier drivers could soon pay an increase of $48 a year on gas taxes and potentially experience toll roads in Indiana.                        House Republicans outlined a long-term road funding plan Wednesday, which would raise nearly $700 million in additional funds for infrastructure throughout the next two years. House Bill 1002 […]

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After Republican sweep, both parties prepare for work

By Rachel Hoffmeyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — One day after the Trump train roared through Indiana, both Republicans and Democrats in Indiana are assessing the impact. “What an unexpected night,” House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, said. In the national spotlight, Gov. Mike Pence became the country’s vice president-elect. In the statewide election, Republicans swept by winning […]

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Scholarship focused on teacher shortage opens for applications

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Applications are now being accepted for a new college scholarship designed to encourage top high school students to stay and teach in Indiana. The Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship provides up to $7,500 each year of college for students who commit to teaching in Indiana for five years after earning […]

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With Pence out, top Republicans push for open governor’s spot on the ballot

By Adrianna Pitrelli, Jackson Hughes and Dustin Beach TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — With Gov. Mike Pence out of the gubernatorial race and on the GOP presidential ticket, several top Republicans scrambled to enter the race before a Friday deadline. Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb, U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks and U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita dropped out of their […]

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Several prominent issues head to summer study committees

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Civil rights issues related to gender identity and sexual orientation, Sunday alcohol sales, sexual misconduct in schools, and bettering the roads of Indiana will all high priority topics of discussion in the Indiana Statehouse this summer. The Legislative Council – a group of top lawmakers from both chambers – […]