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Governor signs budget, big road funding initiative into law

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Eric Holcomb gave his final approval of the state’s $32.3 billion two-year budget and road funding plans Thursday. “Both these bills are going to transform our state from where we gather today, from this very moment in the people’s house, to where we want to be five, 10, […]

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Holcomb weighs controversial cold beer, abortion, solar bills

By Christina Ramey TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Eric Holcomb got almost everything he wanted from the 2017 legislation session but now he’s faced with the decision on whether to sign the two most controversial bills of the session. Holcomb held a news conference Tuesday to talk about his legislative successes, including doubling the money for […]

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Two-year budget sent to the governor after late night votes

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The state’s $32.3 billion two-year budget will head to the governor’s desk for final approval next week after lawmakers resolved several sharp disagreements over taxes and education funding. The budget passed both the House and Senate Friday, 68-30 and 42-8 respectively. “I’m very satisfied that we’ve completed a historic […]

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Road funding: Gov. against cigarette tax hike, tolls still on the table

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Eric Holcomb’s press conference in the 2017 legislative session came with revealing details about where he stands on pre-K funding, the cigarette tax and toll roads. This comes after the Indiana House and Senate unveiled their proposed budgets for the next two fiscal years. The House budget called […]

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Senate budget slashes cigarette tax, pre-K

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Senate leaders unveiled their version of the state’s budget Thursday without a cigarette tax hike, but including the possibility for toll roads and less funding than the House for the On My Way Pre-K pilot program. The Senate’s version totals $32.1 billion over two years, leaving $1.8 billion in […]

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Goodwill’s Nurse-Family Partnership creates lifetime bonds

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Nidia Cuevas dreams of the day she can serve Hoosier families as a nurse. Cuevas, an Indianapolis resident, was 19 when she found out she was pregnant with Oliver, her now two-year-old son. “In the beginning, I was a bit lost with my pregnancy. I was worried about school, […]

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Cigarette tax deters smoking but threatens small business

By Zoie Richey TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — When he was 10 years old, Jeff Slinker started smoking cigarettes, a decision that would lead to many medical problems later in his life. Decades later, he has lost the left side of his jaw, four lymph nodes and his teeth. They were all removed after he was diagnosed […]

Commentary: Let’s think a little about thinking

Commentary: Let’s think a little about thinking

By Michael Leppert www.contrariana.com During WWII, Winston Churchill was asked to cut funding for the arts. He replied, “then what are we fighting for?” Our president has proposed his first budget that features many things worthy of attack. In fact, his first proposed budget almost seems like a wartime suggestion in that it invests only […]

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$1 per pack tax hike on cigarettes opposed by convenience stores

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana convenience store owners say a proposed $1 tax hike on every pack of cigarettes would devastate their businesses. Members of the Indiana Grocery and Convenience Store Association, including President Joe Lackey, testified against the cigarette tax increase in a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing Monday. The Senate Appropriations Committee […]

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Budget passes House after questions of education funding

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The House Republican version of the state’s two-year, $32 billion budget passed the full House Monday after questions about whether the budget is favoring charter and suburban schools over traditional public and urban schools. Rep. Tim Brown, R-Crawfordsville, called the House Bill 1001 budget an “honest, good appraisal” of […]

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