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Amendments offered to state budget see little success

By Dustin Beach TheStatehouseFIle.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Several amendments were offered on Thursday to the state’s two-year budget, but only one saw positive results. The successful amendment, offered by Rep. Lloyd Arnold, R-Leavenworth, would allow state conservation officers to be under the same pay raise system as other state police officers. “Initially their raises were going […]

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House Republicans propose cigarette tax hike to fund budget

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Hoosiers could soon pay $1 more for every pack of cigarettes they purchase if Indiana House Republicans move forward with their proposed biennial state budget. Rep. Tim Brown, R-Crawfordsville, unveiled the $31 billion budget Wednesday, with a cigarette tax hike that would provide the state with an additional $287 […]

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Groups push House committee for more education, public transit money

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The House Ways and Means Committee heard testimony from organizations wanting a bigger slice of Gov. Eric Holcomb’s proposed $32 billion two-year budget plan Thursday. Holcomb unveiled the budget, which provides a small increase in education spending, to the state budget committee earlier in the week. But Gail Zeheralis, […]

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Q&A Meet Sen. Aaron Freeman, from volunteer to senator

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com This story is a question and answer series with newly-elected members of the Indiana General Assembly.  INDIANAPOLIS — Sen. Aaron Freeman, R-Indianapolis, has been involved with public service since his high school days in Brookville. As teenager he volunteered with his town’s Emergency Medical Services. He went on to become a […]

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Education, roads, drugs among priorities in Holcomb’s budget

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Eric Holcomb has proposed a slight increase in education spending in his proposed $32 billion two-year budget plan that was introduced to the state budget committee Tuesday. Micah Vincent, director of the state’s Office of Management and Budget, laid out the 2018 and 2019 fiscal year plan to […]

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Senate back in session, Democrats lay out agenda

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – As is the tradition, the first Senate session of the new year kicked off Tuesday with prospective bills being introduced by a clerk in a rapid, almost an auctioneer, style. “For our new senators who don’t understand what just happened there, that’s the initial introduction of a bill,” President […]

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State expects less revenue in 2017 than originally forecast

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The General Assembly will have less money to work with in the upcoming fiscal year than they previously planned. “The committee has lowered the fiscal year 2017 forecast by nearly $300 million as compared to the December ’15 forecast,” Ben Tooley, Director of Fiscal Policy for the House Republicans, […]

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Ritz: ‘Budgets reflect priorities’

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Department of Education submitted its budget request this week and in part would fund pre-K, increase funds for small schools, increase technology spending and provide a two percent increase each year in tuition support for public schools. “Budgets reflect priorities,” said Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz, […]

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State ends fiscal year with highest reserves in history

By Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb and State Auditor Suzanne Crouch detailed the state’s financial footing following the close of the 2016 fiscal year and said Indiana ended with the most reserves in history. “Hoosiers deserve to know their hard-earned dollars are being spent in a responsible manner,” said Holcomb in […]

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Stay safe and reduce costs as temps rise

By Megan Powell TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Higher temperatures across the state can lead to serious health complications and higher electric bills. While Hoosiers cannot control the weather, residents can take steps to stay safe and better manage electricity use and its cost. The American Red Cross, a humanitarian organization that provides emergency assistance, disaster relief […]

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