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Group recommends a significant reduction in IPL’s requested rate hike

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – An agency that represents customers says Indianapolis Power & Light doesn’t need to raise customer rates as much as it has proposed to keep customers safe and electric service reliable. The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor has recommended that state regulators approve only 8 percent of IPL’s proposed […]

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State finishes year with money in the bank; Democrats say spend some of it

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Republican leaders boasted Thursday as they closed the books on the 2015 fiscal year, saying a $210 million surplus and more than $2.1 billion in the bank is a sign of Indiana’s financial integrity. But Democrats say the surplus just shows the state is hoarding money that could be […]

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Guest column: Pence says past session is one to be proud of

By Mike Pence Indiana governor With the close of the 2015 session of the Indiana General Assembly, Hoosiers can be proud of the many accomplishments that will make Indiana a better place to get a job, raise a family or start a business. Today marks the start of the new fiscal year in our state […]

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New law: 211 service to receive state funding for the first time

Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—A nonprofit human services program will receive state funding for the first time under the next two-year budget crafted earlier this year by legislators. “I got approached by some folks who were involved with United Way and they started talking about the benefits 211 provides,” said bill author, Rep. Jud McMillin, R-Brookville. […]

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New law: $100 tax credit for teachers

By Max Bomber TheStatehousFile.com INDIANAPOLIS– The two-year budget crafted by the General Assembly earlier this year makes room for a $100 tax credit for Hoosier teachers. The tax credit is way to give a little back to teachers for the classroom supplies they often provide using their own money. President of the Indiana State Teacher’s […]

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Commentary: Sedated by the surplus

By Michael Leppert TheStatehouseFile.com “Sedated, we’re nursing on a poison that never stung…” –Hozier Hozier was in town Thursday night performing a summer, outdoor rock and roll show at The Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park. The Irish singer/songwriter mentioned multiple times during his set what a great venue it is. And […]

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Pence invites companies to relocate in a Wall Street Journal ad

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A Wall Street Journal ad placed by Gov. Mike Pence is inviting three major companies to the Hoosier state in light of recent tax hikes in Connecticut. The invitation is directed at General Electric, Aetna Inc. and Travelers in a full-page ad. Last week the Connecticut General Assembly passed a […]

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State tax credit cap reached for K-12 scholarship donations

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State tax credits available for K-12 tuition through Indiana’s Tax Credit Scholarship Program maxed out on Tuesday. Credits are currently capped at $7.5 million but will go up over the next two years to $8.5 million and $9.5 million, respectively. The program is funded by private donations. “This year Hoosiers […]

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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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