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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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Webcast: 2015 session wrap up

Anchors Natavia Howell and Adam Lee have the headlines for the last week of the 2015 legislative session. TheStatehouseFile.com webcast – May 2, 2015 from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. You may also like Deadline means crush of campaign contribution requ… Supreme Court: EPA goes too far with clear air reg… Tax amnesty set for Sept. 15-Nov. […]

Legislature passes $31 billion budget minutes til midnight deadline

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Lawmakers adjourned for the year late Wednesday after passing a two-year, $31.3 billion budget that boosts funding for schools and leaves the state with slightly less money in reserves. The budget passed the House and Senate just a minute before a midnight deadline along party lines and moves to […]

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Budget bans state archives building on Central Canal

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS –The Pence administration would be banned from constructing a new, $25 million state archives building along the Central Canal in downtown Indianapolis under the budget bill lawmakers plan to approve Wednesday. “That’s green space and it’s not a big enough space,” said Senate Appropriations Chairman Luke Kenley, R-Noblesville, who put […]

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