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Holcomb to lead new trade mission to Japan

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS —  Gov. Eric Holcomb, business leaders and economic development officials will travel overseas next month to Japan to encourage investment and trade. “The cultural and economic ties between Indiana and Japan are storied and strong,” Holcomb said in a statement. “With more than 280 Japanese businesses operating in Indiana today, the […]

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Bill to help casinos, cut cash to local governments passes Ways & Means

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Communities with casinos could lose millions of dollars under changes lawmakers made Thursday to a bill meant to bolster the gambling industry. House Bill 1540 scraps economic agreements between the state’s casinos and their communities that produce more than $100 million in revenue for local governments, community foundations and […]

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Tax revenue falls just below projections in July

By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana State Budget Agency released its monthly report on revenue collection for the general fund – the first of Fiscal Year 2015 – on Wednesday, which showed a 1.7 percent dip in tax receipts compared to estimates. The state brought in a total of $1.04 billion in July […]

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Commentary: State’s strong balance sheet means different policy choices

By John Ketzenberger The Statehouse File Indiana closed its books Thursday on fiscal year 2012 and there were smiles all around. That’s easy to understand when you consider the news: Indiana’s structural surplus — the amount of revenue exceeding ongoing expenses — is about $500 million. Overall reserves topped $2.15 billion. It has been a […]

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Commentary: Signs point to woman serving as governor – sooner rather than later

By John Ketzenberger Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute It won’t be long now before a woman is elected governor of Indiana and it’s about darn time. There is no novelty in women running for high political office, though that wasn’t the case when I started covering politics shortly after Ann DeLaney made her 1984 bid for […]

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Gridiron dinner and roast returns to political scene

By Samm Quinn The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Gridiron Dinner, a political tradition, will return Wednesday to the Hoosier Statehouse scene after a nine-year absence. 2012 Indiana Gridiron Dinner When: Wednesday, Feb. 22 Time: 5:30 p.m. doors open 6:30 p.m. dinner 7:15 p.m. show Place: Indiana Roof Ballroom Tickets: http://indianagridiron.com The Indiana Fiscal […]