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Number of students using vouchers jumps dramatically

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The number of students using state-funded vouchers to attend private schools has jumped by more than 47 percent this school year, according to preliminary numbers confirmed by state education officials. In all, 29,146 elementary, middle and high school students – about 3 percent of the overall student population – […]

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Guest column: Delaney says state must invest in roads, transportation

By Ed Delaney State representative Indiana as the Crossroads of America is built around our geographical location and the ways to move about within and across our space. This is where we invest our dollars, but Indiana’s policy on building roads, transit systems, sidewalks and bike-ways can be summarized in a sentence: Hoard our revenue […]

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Analysis: School funding could be biggest debate of 2015 session

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A fascinating and important education debate is now brewing as the 2015 legislative session draws closer – and it’s not about testing or vouchers or even whether students should get a longer summer break. It’s about money. And it’s a discussion that could affect every school district across Indiana. […]

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House GOP wants to rewrite school funding formula

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – House Republicans say they will work in 2015 to boost money for public schools and rewrite the formula that distributes those dollars to try to reduce the gap between the state’s highest and lowest funded districts. The move could mean a shift in funding from some of the state’s […]

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State tax receipts continue to trail projections

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State tax receipts fell below projections in September for the third straight month but remain ahead of revenue for the same period last year. During the first quarter of the fiscal year, state revenue was nearly $39 million behind estimates released in December. That’s about 1.1 percent below forecast. Individual […]

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Pence administration earmarks $344,000 more for domestic violence

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Forty-three domestic violence programs across Indiana will be eligible to receive $344,000 in additional funding under a plan the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute announced Monday. The money will come on top of $2.55 million the ICJI board has approved for the groups so far this fiscal year and another […]

Analysis: Demand means state, domestic violence groups should settle funding dispute

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Analysis: Demand means state, domestic violence groups should settle funding dispute

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The domestic violence scandal that has rocked the NFL has opened a national conversation about the issue and led thousands of women to call hotlines seeking help for their own abuse. That’s good news. But the influx is also stretching nonprofit groups already operating on a shoestring. Fortunately in […]

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Domestic violence shelters get money, more could be on the way

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A state criminal justice board approved $1.9 million in state grants for domestic violence programs across Indiana on Friday – but left another $1.1 million unspent for now as demands for services spike. The grants mean that 42 organizations will receive the same amount of state money as they […]

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Domestic violence groups say Pence administration plans to cut funding

By Hannah Troyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence’s administration and the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence are at odds over funding for prevention and shelters. The nonprofit group claims the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute – with Pence’s approval – is proposing to cut $1.25 million from domestic violence programs. But representatives of the governor and […]

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State tax receipts don’t meet projections in August

By Hannah Troyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State tax receipts fell 1.4 percent below projections in August but revenues remain ahead of last year’s totals. The Indiana State Budget Agency released its monthly report on revenue collection for the state’s main checking account on Wednesday. It showed tax receipts for the month were $974.9 million, which […]

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