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Road funding debate continues, heads to House

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — After weeks of listening to Hoosier opinions across the state, Rep. Ed Soliday, R-Valparaiso, and other GOP legislators continue to push a gas tax hike as a solution for funding Indiana’s roads and infrastructure. The House Ways and Means committee passed Soliday’s bill Wednesday 14-9. It now goes to […]

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Spokeswoman Tory Flynn leaves House Republican staff

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, announced Monday that the Republican Communications Director Tory Flynn will be leaving her position for a new role in the private sector. She’s been in the post since 2010. Flynn serves as the chief spokesperson for the House Republicans and managed all aspects of […]

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Video & story: Republicans to ‘tread lightly’ with bigger majorities in House, Senate

Rep McMillin on new leadership role in Indiana House from TheStatehouseFile.com. By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Republicans celebrated Election Day wins that extended their legislative supermajorities to levels not seen for decades but pledged to be inclusive with the dwindling number of their Democratic colleagues. House Speaker Brian Bosma – who will return to […]

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House GOP wants to rewrite school funding formula

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – House Republicans say they will work in 2015 to boost money for public schools and rewrite the formula that distributes those dollars to try to reduce the gap between the state’s highest and lowest funded districts. The move could mean a shift in funding from some of the state’s […]

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Rep. Turner to resign from legislature – if he’s reelected in November

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Embattled state Rep. Eric Turner said Friday he will step down from the General Assembly if he is reelected in November and join a national Christian organization to pursue opportunities in ministry. Turner, R-Cicero, said he will complete his current term representing District 32 and stay on the ballot. […]

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House Republicans to push tax cut, preschool

By Halie Solea and Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Republicans who control the Indiana House said Wednesday they’ll push to let counties cut a tax on business property and work to send more poor kids to preschool. House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, presented an agenda focusing on workforce development – which also included a new […]

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House Republicans offer text message updates on their priority bills

By Megan Banta TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosiers can now receive text message updates from the House Republican caucus on 15 bills. House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, said the new service is part of an effort to make the legislative process in Indiana more transparent. “We must continue to embrace technology and consider new ways to […]

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Commentary: So what’s the big budget deal?

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPolitics.org I think it’s interesting that the political class in the great Hoosier state is all abuzz over the “budget battle” between Gov. Mike Pence and Indiana House Republicans over the fact that the House Rs did not include Pence’s 10 percent income tax in their initial budget. Of course, it’s news […]

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Bosma warns gubernatorial candidates that tax cut plans must be ‘sustainable’

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – House Speaker Brian Bosma outlined a GOP legislative agenda Thursday that emphasized education and fiscal responsibility and then he issued a warning to the candidates running for governor: Tax cut proposals will have to be financially sustainable to win approval from the General Assembly. Both Republican Mike Pence and […]

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Key races will determine GOP margin in Indiana House

By Suzannah Couch The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Just two years after Republicans grabbed a 20-seat majority in the Indiana House, the parties are gearing up for an election that could determine whether the GOP can extend that margin so they can meet without Democrats even showing up. Democrats, meanwhile, are seeking to reduce or […]