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Pence signs budget $31 billion, two-year budget bill

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com LEBANON, Ind. – Gov. Mike Pence signed a two-year, $31.3 billion state budget into law on Thursday surrounded by kids at Perry Worth Elementary School in Boone County. The bill means $460 million more for public schools and private school vouchers plus another $20 million in extra funding for charter schools. And […]

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Video & story: Pence signs regional cities legislation

Pence signs Regional Cities bill into law from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence signed a bill into law Wednesday that he said would have a “transformational effect” on the state by establishing the Regional City Initiative. The Republican governor, who made the effort part of his agenda, said […]

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Webcast: 2015 session wrap up

Anchors Natavia Howell and Adam Lee have the headlines for the last week of the 2015 legislative session. TheStatehouseFile.com webcast – May 2, 2015 from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. You may also like Commentary: The GOP, in pieces New ed board will get new executive director Northeast Indiana Republican says he might run for… Pence to […]

Legislature passes $31 billion budget minutes til midnight deadline

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Lawmakers adjourned for the year late Wednesday after passing a two-year, $31.3 billion budget that boosts funding for schools and leaves the state with slightly less money in reserves. The budget passed the House and Senate just a minute before a midnight deadline along party lines and moves to […]

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Budget bans state archives building on Central Canal

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS –The Pence administration would be banned from constructing a new, $25 million state archives building along the Central Canal in downtown Indianapolis under the budget bill lawmakers plan to approve Wednesday. “That’s green space and it’s not a big enough space,” said Senate Appropriations Chairman Luke Kenley, R-Noblesville, who put […]

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Budget deal means more for schools, charters and teachers

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Most charter schools would get additional money, teachers would get a $100 tax credit and the governor’s regional cities initiative would be funded under a budget compromise the House and Senate reached Tuesday. The $31.3 billion, two-year plan – which should be approved and sent to Gov. Mike Pence […]

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Webcast: Pence’s approval ratings fall, the construction wage is repealed and revenue is down

TheStatehouseFile.com webcast for April 17, 2015 from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. Anchors Olivia Covington and Michael Icenogle bring us the week’s news from the Indiana Statehouse. You may also like Commentary: The GOP, in pieces State still working on details of tax amnesty prog… Northeast Indiana Republican says he might run for… Pence to seek reelection; […]

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Balanced budget amendment passed by House; awaits action in 2017 or 2018

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The proposed balance budget amendment that passed the House on Wednesday now must wait until 2017 for the General Assembly to approve it a second time. “By voting in favor of the balanced budget amendment, Indiana House members took an important step toward ensuring that the fiscal responsibility of […]

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Budget moves to conference committee; revenue forecast to determine final spending

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate passed a two-year, $31.5 billion budget Wednesday but the plan is about to go under the knife. The Republican-written budget includes more money for K-12 schools, technical programs and state universities, with a particular emphasis on Indiana University and Purdue University regional campuses. But the proposal’s main […]

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Indiana gets AAA rating again; credit agency says balanced budget amendment good idea

By Aubrey Helms TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A proposed balanced budget constitutional amendment could give the state firmer ground to stand on when it comes to its high credit rating, Standard & Poor’s said in a report Tuesday. The credit rating renewed the state’s AAA credit rating, the highest available rating. “Indiana continues to stand out […]

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