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Indiana unemployment rate drops to 5.9 percent

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The state’s unemployment rate continued to fall in March, dropping to less than 6 percent for the first time since July 2008. The state’s rate of 5.9 percent is better than the national rate and those in surrounding states. “Our rate has dropped by 2 percentage points in one […]

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Unemployment rate drops – again

By John Sittler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana’s unemployment rate is now the lowest it’s been since September 2008, but House Minority Leader Scott Pelath, D-Michigan City, said officials need to “take a longer look before gushing praise.” According to the Department of Workforce Development, Indiana’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped 0.4 percentage points to 6.4 […]

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Statewide assessment would evaluate economic potential of regional cities

By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS- Indiana’s regional cities would be the subject of a statewide assessment to evaluate their economic potential, under a bill passed Tuesday in the House. House Bill 1035, authored by Rep. Steven Braun, R- Zionsville, would order the Indiana Economic Development Corporation to create a report listing both the needs of […]

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Wine wholesalers could be eliminated under proposed bill

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana-based farm wineries could sell their products directly to retailers and dealers instead of going through a third party under a bill debated Wednesday in the House Public Policy Committee. House Bill 1387 would allow wineries to distribute up to 5,000 gallons of wine to grocery stores, restaurants, bars […]

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Governor endorses Senate bill to cut state taxes

By Olivia Covington TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence announced his support Tuesday for a bill that would cut two Indiana taxes. Senate Bill 1, which would reduce the corporate income tax and eliminate the business personal property tax for small businesses, passed out of the Senate Tax and Fiscal Policy committee 7-2. Pence asked […]

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Pence: We can eliminate the personal property tax

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence made a pitch Tuesday for his plan to phase out a property tax on business equipment but he stopped short again of saying how local governments could replace the lost revenue. Talking to entrepreneurs at a center for business start-ups, Pence said the state can’t compete […]

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State announces agreement with Amtrak

INDIANAPOLIS – An agreement reached between the state and Amtrak and local communities will keep the Hoosier State passenger rail service running between Indianapolis and Chicago for the next year. “This agreement will make Hoosier jobs more secure and preserve an important transportation link for Indiana,” Governor Mike Pence said. “I am grateful for the […]

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Small business owners say unemployment, other government systems don’t work for them

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Janet South took a deep breath before she spoke. The owner of DECO Group, a commercial painting company in Indianapolis, said she didn’t want to sound heartless. But she told members of the Indiana General Assembly’s Small Business Caucus that she and other business leaders have a problem: They […]

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Pence tells Kiwanis Club that state is on right track but too many Hoosiers out of work

By Olivia Covington TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence challenged members of the Kiwanis Club of Indianapolis to encourage out-of-state entrepreneurs to consider building their businesses in Indiana. Pence told the club at its Friday meeting Indiana is seeing faster job growth than 42 other states. He also said the state’s last economic forecast showed […]

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Unemployment rate stays steady as jobs increase

By Lesley Weidenbener & Ellie Price TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The state’s unemployment rate remained steady in July at 8.4 percent even as jobs grew in Indiana for the fourth month in a row. The state rate is a full percentage point higher than the national rate of 7.4 percent. Still, the state added 5,900 jobs […]

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