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Pence requests $15 million for 100 caseworkers over two years

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence has asked lawmakers for $15 million in additional funding over the next two years to hire 100 more caseworkers and 17 supervisors for the Department of Child Services. The additional staff should bring the agency in line with caseload guidelines in state law, according to a […]

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Video: Public transit supporters push for more money

Transit supporters ask for more funding in the budget from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. You may also like Requests for repeal of RFRA flow in to lawmakers Live dealers would be postponed under proposed cha… Video & story: Holcomb becomes first official… Video: State launches campaign to protect highway …

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School officials ask for funding formula changes

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Superintendents from around the state came to a Senate budget subcommittee Tuesday with a similar message: We need your help. For some, that meant more state funding – period. For others, it meant changing the way money is distributed to schools to help urban districts. And to yet others, […]

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Kenley: Slower-than-expected tax revenue warrants cautious spending plan

Sen. Luke Kenley shares his thoughts about writing the budget from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate’s budget architect said he might be a bit more restrained with spending in his version of the next two-year budget because the state has not been meeting its revenue projections for the current […]

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Tax revenue down 1 percent for fiscal year so far

By Jess Seabolt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State tax receipts fell just below predictions in February, raising concern among key lawmakers who are writing the next two-year budget. For the first eight months of Fiscal Year 2015, revenue is down 1 percent – or about $91 million. Senate Appropriations Chairman Luke Kenley, R-Noblesville, said the news […]

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Webcast: The budget, gambling controversies and a minimum wage rally

Anchors Levi Lotz and Andi TenBarge give us the week’s news with stories about the budget, gambling, the minimum wage and more. Plus, reporter Olivia Covington joins the anchors in studio and assistant editor Jacob Rund catches us up on the first half of the session. February 27, 2015 Webcast from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. You […]

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Construction on Bicentennial Plaza could be underway this fall

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A $2 million project to beautify the plaza west of the Indiana Statehouse could start as soon as September if it’s approved by the General Assembly. The Bicentennial Plaza will include a fountain, an “enduring flame” sculpture, and upright columns that represent Indiana’s 92 counties. Funding for the project […]

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Senate approves balanced budget amendment

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Lawmakers would be required to pass balanced budgets – something they generally do now – under a proposed constitutional amendment the Senate moved on Tuesday. Senate Joint Resolution 19 – authored by Sen. Brandt Hershman, R-Buck Creek – would prohibit state budget appropriations from exceeding state revenues. However, the restriction […]

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$32.4 billion budget bill moves to Senate on party-line vote

    By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The House passed a $31.5 billion, two-year budget Tuesday that boosts funding for K-12 education and spends more on domestic violence programs, community corrections, tourism and mass transit. The bill passed 68-29 largely on party lines, with minority Democrats complaining that the plan cuts funding to urban […]

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Democrats try but fail to boost money for all school districts

By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Republicans voted down Democratic amendments Monday that would have changed the way their two-year budget plan spends money on K-12 schools. That clears House Bill 1001 for a vote by the full House on Tuesday. An amendment authored by Rep. Greg Porter, D-Indianapolis, would have fully funded a free […]

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