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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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Drivers question lawmakers about proposed gas tax hike

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — With the possibility that they’ll soon be paying more at the pump, people from around central Indiana filled a town hall Thursday night to learn more about a plan to raise taxes. Melba Kiser, of Noblesville, and her husband participated in the meeting that was held at the Americans for […]

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Q&A: Meet Rep. Jim Pressel, looking to increase vocational education in K-12 programs

By Sarah Ramon TheStatehouseFile.com This story is a part of a question and answer series with newly-elected members of the Indiana General Assembly. INDIANAPOLIS – From a farm to the House, Rep. Jim Pressel, R-Rolling Prairie, hopes to see improvements in infrastructure and vocational education in K-12 programs during his first term in office. After […]

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Holcomb: Five key areas to take Indiana to next level

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — In one of his first public addresses as governor-elect, Eric Holcomb previewed his plan to create a stronger, more diverse economy and an affordable state government for Hoosier taxpayers. Promising a more in-depth look at these areas when the session kicks off in three weeks, Holcomb gave a glimpse […]

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Hollingsworth, Yoder go head-to-head in first debate

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com GREENWOOD, Ind. — In the first debate of the season, 9th Congressional District candidates Democrat Shelli Yoder and Republican Trey Hollingsworth went head-to-head to discuss questions on infrastructure, healthcare and gun control. The debate remained friendly until the candidates were asked in the final question if they would release their tax returns. […]

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Candidates for governor discuss pre-K, infrastructure

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — All three candidates for governor met Tuesday to discuss issues facing Indiana, including expanding pre-K, improving the state’s infrastructure and the effect of civic leadership. The Indiana University Public Policy Institute hosted the gubernatorial forum after gathering data about what Hoosiers want from the next governor. The data, complied […]

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This year’s road funding solution may be short term

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Some legislators doubt there will be a long-term solution for improving the state’s infrastructure this session. “Sen. Kenley is absolutely correct—the one thing we do not want to do is make Hoosiers believe the task is done by passing something this year,” said Rep. Ed Soliday, R-Valparaiso. “It will […]

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Road funding bill sparks cigarette tax debate

By Shelby D. Salazar TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS ­­– Whether to raise taxes to generate funds for much-needed road and bridge repairs continues to be a heated topic for both supporters and opponents. House Bill 1001, heard in the Ways and Means committee Wednesday, would raise the gasoline tax, raise the cigarette tax by $1 and allow […]

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SOTs: GOP road plan passes committee (HB 1001)

HB – 1001, Committee Meeting, By Lucas Lloyd Rep. Dan Forestal, D-Indianapolis  [:20] “House Republicans and house Democrats agree that there is no more pressing issue than Indiana’s crumbling road-ways and infrastructure. We all agree that we need to do something about it and we all agree that we need to increase the amount of […]

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Democratic leaders criticize Pence’s lack of leadership

By Sarah Ramon TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS –Democratic leaders had nothing positive to say about Gov. Mike Pence’s State of the State address Tuesday night. “I wanted to look for some things to say nice about the governor’s speech and look for some areas of agreement and commonality. And I regret that I can’t find anything. It […]

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