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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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Advocates rally for expanded pre-K pilot program

By Quinn Fitzgerald TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – People from across Indiana rallied for expansion of preschool education for low-income children on Wednesday before lawmakers considered a bill to increase funds for that program. “We need to do all we can because success really does start early with our kids,” Travis Holdman, R-Markle, said at the rally. […]

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State ends fiscal year with highest reserves in history

By Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb and State Auditor Suzanne Crouch detailed the state’s financial footing following the close of the 2016 fiscal year and said Indiana ended with the most reserves in history. “Hoosiers deserve to know their hard-earned dollars are being spent in a responsible manner,” said Holcomb in […]

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Members appointed to Funding Indiana’s Roads for a Stronger, Safer Tomorrow task force

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence announced appointments Thursday to the Funding Indiana’s Roads for a Stronger, Safer Tomorrow (FIRSST) task force. The committee was created by the passage of House Bill 1001. The law includes $1.2 billion in new funding for roads and bridges. The task force’s job is to develop a […]

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30 Laws: New fund fuels new life for sexual assault survivors

By Megan Powell TheStatehouseFile.com Editor’s note: This is the 15th in a series of stories about new laws that are taking effect, most of them on July 1. INDIANAPOLIS — Kelly Vates’ life mission day-in and day-out is to talk to as many people as possible about sexual assault. “I am a survivor of many […]

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Pence announces funding for regional development projects

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Three Indiana regions are awaiting legislative approval, following Gov. Mike Pence and the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) Board of Directors’ agreement to award the regions with up to $42 million in state matching funds to implement regional development plans. Seven regions, representing 70 percent of the state’s population, […]

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Improvements planned for SR 37 in Hamilton County beginning in 2018

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State Road 37 in Hamilton County between 126th Street and 146th Street is getting a $124 million facelift. “Modern infrastructure is key to building the types of communities that invite investment and job growth,” said Gov. Mike Pence in a statement. “As communities like Fishers and Noblesville continue to grow […]

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Pence supports bill providing funding for local roads

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – If you’re a worn out strip of pavement in the state of Indiana, you’re probably having a good week. Gov. Mike Pence announced his support Thursday for legislation filed by Sen. Brandt Hershman, R-Buck Creek, to immediately provide $418 million to local governments to go toward local transportation infrastructure projects. […]

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Additional funding heading to the Secured School Safety Grant Program

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – As more people and organizations – including schools – evaluate safety procedures, the state of Indiana is directing an additional $3.5 million to the Secured School Safety Grant Program. That brings the program’s total yearly funding to more than $9 million. Gov. Mike Pence’s decision to increasing funding comes after the […]

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Congress passes National Defense Authorization Act

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The National Defense Authorization Act, authored by Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Indiana, is on its way to the desk of President Barack Obama. Congress passed the bill, which would provide improved mental health care for military personnel and their families, Wednesday. “At a time when our nation faces significant challenges with […]

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