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State of the State: Holcomb lays out vision for first year

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS —Gov. Eric Holcomb called for a pay raise for the Indiana State Police Tuesday at his first State of the State address, which got him a standing ovation from his audience of lawmakers, state officials, and friends and family. “One fundamental obligation of government is to take care of those […]

Commentary: Back to the future, in reverse

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Commentary: Back to the future, in reverse

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Gov. Mike Pence increasingly resembles a kind of Marty McFly in reverse. Marty McFly, of course, was the hero of the classic time-travel comedy, “Back to the Future.” As played by Michael J. Fox, Marty was a 1980s teenager who finds himself mistakenly transported back to the 1950s. […]

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Indiana joins lawsuit against EPA proposed air regulations

By Seth Morin TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana joined 11 other states Friday in a lawsuit challenging carbon dioxide regulations the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently proposed. The lawsuit says the agency does not have the legal authority to regulate existing sources of air pollution and asks the court to prohibit the agency from finalizing its […]

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Ellspermann, other lt govs push back on EPA energy rule

By Allie Nash TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann has cosponsored a resolution adopted by the National Association of Lieutenant Governors aimed at protecting Indiana’s ability to use coal as a major source of power. Officials from Missouri, West Virginia, Alabama, South Dakota and Hawaii have also sponsored the resolution, which calls for federal […]

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Supreme Court justice says he won’t step down from Rockport case

By Megan Banta TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Supreme Court Justice Mark Massa will participate in oral arguments in a case involving the proposed $2.8 billion coal-to-natural-gas plant proposed for Rockport despite a request that he recuse himself or be disqualified from the hearing. The Sierra Club, Citizens Action Coalition, Spencer County Citizens for Quality of […]

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Environmental groups raise questions about cost overruns at Edwardsport power plant

By Tim Grimes TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Four environmental groups joined forces Thursday to say that Duke Energy customers shouldn’t have to pay 14 percent rate hikes to cover the cost of plant under construction in Edwardsport. The Sierra Club, Citizens Action Coalition, Save the Valley and Valley Watch released a report that says a settlement […]

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Rockport gas plant could face trouble without tax break

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The $2.65 billion synthetic natural gas plant planned for Rockport might not be viable if the General Assembly fails to approve a tax credit to help finance its construction, according to the speaker of the Indiana House. The House Ways & Means Committee stripped the credit for […]