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Department of Child Services to add more than 100 caseworkers to help ease burden

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Mike Pence announced on Thursday morning the Indiana Department of Child Services would add 113 additional caseworkers. The move comes just a day before DCS will present their annual report before the state budget committee. “I’m proud of the efforts they have made but nevertheless because we’re talking […]

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Dreams of a new stadium in downtown Indy still alive

By Braden Pelley TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Nearly three years ago a new phenomenon swept through Indiana: Soccer Fever – and it hasn’t slowed down. The Indy Eleven soccer club launched on Jan. 16, 2013 as part of the North American Soccer League and kicked off their legacy in the 2014 season. The team calls IUPUI’s […]

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Education study committee says $4 million is needed for special ed.

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS— The Interim Study Committee on Education discussed expanding funding for special education in schools on Tuesday afternoon and the group said it would take about $4 million to do it right. “A handful of kids, which kind of fall through the cracks that are in preschool that are categorized as […]

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July tax revenue falls below projections

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Total tax revenues for July – the first month of the 2016 fiscal year – came in slightly below projections built into the current state budget. The state’s tax revenue is down less than 1 percent starting out the fiscal year. The revenue totaled $1.04 billion. The biggest percentage […]

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ISTEP+ scoring problems brought to light during Board of Education meeting

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — ISTEP+ scores and school accountability grades could be delayed after officials discovered problems with the way tests were being scored. The State Board of Education heard from the Department of Education and ISTEP+ assessment vendor CTB/McGraw Hill on Wednesday during the regularly scheduled August meeting. “We need to add […]

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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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