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Analysis: Appointments raise ethical issues that Bosma, Pence may want to avoid

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Analysis: Appointments raise ethical issues that Bosma, Pence may want to avoid

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The legislative session hasn’t even started yet and already House Speaker Brian Bosma and Gov.-elect Mike Pence have made some controversial moves that raise ethical questions – or at least create the appearance of ethical issues. Bosma, R-Indianapolis, has hired lobbyist Matt Whetstone to serve as his parliamentarian, a […]

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Gov.-elect Pence picks Jeff Espich to serve as new legislative aid

Pence spokeswoman says Espich won’t be ‘liaison’ with lawmakers By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A 40-year veteran of the Indiana House will serve as Gov.-elect Mike Pence’s senior adviser for legislative affairs. Rep. Jeff Espich, who opted not to seek reelection this year, will consult with the governor and won’t act as a liaison […]

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Podcast: Legislative news for Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012

In today’s podcast, learn what’s happening with the taxpayer refund legislation and hear why Rep. Ed DeLaney likes the stage regulation bill. Listen now: Check back daily for our news summary.

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Fiscal leaders are looking for compromise on taxpayer refund bill

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Taxpayers would receive about $50 back from the income taxes they pay this year under a bill the House approved Monday, but questions remain about how the automatic refund program would continue into the future. Senate Bill 143 passed 94-2 and is headed to a conference committee, […]

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Lawmakers debate whether to scrap the state inheritance tax

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Lawmakers debated Thursday whether to cut the state’s inheritance tax so it applies only to Indiana’s wealthiest individuals or scrap the unpopular tax completely. The House Ways and Means Committee didn’t vote on Senate Bill 293, but several Republicans and Democrats said they’d rather just eliminate the […]

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House overhauls Senate’s taxpayer refund program

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Taxpayers would get the first crack at excess state tax revenue this year and in the future under an overhaul of an automatic refund program that the House Ways and Means Committee passed Thursday. The committee approved Senate Bill 143 unanimously but not before stripping out language […]

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Long time lawmaker, fiscal leader to leave Indiana House

The Statehouse File By Jessica Wray INDIANAPOLIS – A long time legislative fiscal leader who has been called fair and patient by Republicans, Democrats and political observers said Friday he won’t seek reelection. Ways and Means Chairman Jeff Espich, R-Uniondale, will leave the Indiana House after 40 years. Under new district lines drawn last year […]

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Espich plan would provide money to kindergarten and state fair victims

By Jessica Wray The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Schools and state fair victims would get more money under a proposal a key House fiscal leader said he will present on Wednesday. House Ways and Means Chairman Jeff Espich, R-Uniondale, said the spending will be part of a larger plan to overhaul the state’s automatic taxpayer […]

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House committee debates Amazon.com deal

By Jessica Wray The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Members of a key House committee heard testimony on a bill Wednesday that would reinforce a deal the state made with Amazon.com officials to collect sales taxes starting in 2014. Ways and Means Chair Jeff Espich, R-Uniondale, presented his House Bill 1119, addresses the online sales tax […]

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Rapid transit bill gets hearing in House committee

By Krista Chittum The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS—The House Ways and Means Committee heard testimony Thursday on a bill that would bring rapid transit to Central Indiana. House Bill 1073 would double the number of buses and routes and add public railroad transportation by the year 2021 in Indianapolis and surrounding counties. The bill follows the […]

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