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Holcomb weighs controversial cold beer, abortion, solar bills

By Christina Ramey TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Eric Holcomb got almost everything he wanted from the 2017 legislation session but now he’s faced with the decision on whether to sign the two most controversial bills of the session. Holcomb held a news conference Tuesday to talk about his legislative successes, including doubling the money for […]

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Two-year budget sent to the governor after late night votes

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The state’s $32.3 billion two-year budget will head to the governor’s desk for final approval next week after lawmakers resolved several sharp disagreements over taxes and education funding. The budget passed both the House and Senate Friday, 68-30 and 42-8 respectively. “I’m very satisfied that we’ve completed a historic […]

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Governor gets money he wants for pre-K expansion

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Eric Holcomb is getting the additional funding he wanted to expand Indiana’s pre-kindergarten pilot program. The state’s two-year budget allots $22 million, $12 million more than currently given to the state’s publicly funded pre-K programs. Nearly all of that money will go into On My Way Pre-K classrooms, […]

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Hoosier Holocaust survivor honored with Sachem Award

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Seventy-three years ago, Eva Mozes Kor watched as her family was ripped apart at the gates of a concentration camp, never to be seen again. Just days before, Kor was packed into a cattle car with hundreds of other Jews, including her parents and three sisters. Her family traveled […]

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Lawmakers searching for agreement on pre-K expansion

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Lawmakers are still trying to find common ground on how to expand Indiana’s pre-kindergarten pilot program. The pre-K bill, House Bill 1004, is now a stripped-down version of the original House legislation. The legislation deals the state’s publicly funded On My Way Pre-K pilot program, which sends 4-year-olds from […]

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Road funding: Gov. against cigarette tax hike, tolls still on the table

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Eric Holcomb’s press conference in the 2017 legislative session came with revealing details about where he stands on pre-K funding, the cigarette tax and toll roads. This comes after the Indiana House and Senate unveiled their proposed budgets for the next two fiscal years. The House budget called […]

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Trump talks healthcare to Hoosiers

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com  LOUISVILLE — For 33-year-old Nathan Lewis, a short trip down I-65 from Campbellsburg, Indiana to Louisville was a breeze if it meant being just feet away from President Donald Trump. Lewis and several of his Hoosier relatives made the short trek to the Kentucky Exposition Center Monday to hear Trump talk […]

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STEM students will compete for statewide honors

By Kayla Walker TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A new competition is seeking the top four high school students in science, technology, engineering and math in Indiana. Gov. Eric Holcomb and Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Jennifer McCormick announced the competition to recognize the top STEM students who go above and beyond in demonstrating innovation and entrepreneurship. […]

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Stripped-down pre-K bill advances in Senate committee

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Lawmakers stripped a pre-kindergarten bill of its original language Wednesday, removing a provision for school vouchers and providing fewer dollars to expand the state’s pre-K pilot program. In its previous form, House Bill 1004 would not only expand the state’s On My Way Pre-K pilot program, but also allow […]

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Will Gov. Holcomb prove to be an effective leader?

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Hoosiers generally like Gov. Eric Holcomb more than they liked his predecessor Mike Pence, but the big question is whether his likeability will translate into legislative success. So far, the General Assembly has stalled on several cornerstones of Holcomb’s agenda, pumping the brakes on issues like pre-kindergarten funding, needle […]

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