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Lawmakers debate details of crime fighting bill

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Lawmakers are continuing to tinker with a plan to send extra cash for crime fighting to Marion, Lake and Allen counties as they face a Thursday deadline for action. Senate Bill 551 creates a pilot program that’s meant to increase the number of police on duty in high crime […]

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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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Bill to give State Board of Accounts more flexibility passes Senate

By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The State Board of Accounts could soon receive greater authority to determine the frequency of audits it conducts if legislation passed by the Indiana Senate on Monday becomes law. Senate Bill 326, authored by Sens. Randy Head, R-Logansport, and Doug Eckerty, R-Yorktown, would provide the SBOA with an increased […]

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Fort Wayne and South Bend get cash to eliminate blight

By Seth Morin TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann announced Thursday that Fort Wayne and South Bend are recipients of more than $6.3 million to help eliminate blighted and abandoned homes in their communities through the Hardest Hit Fund Blight Elimination Program. They were successful in the second of six rounds of funding that […]

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Transportation officials deal with pothole problems

By Hannah Troyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – This winter may have been tough with record amounts of snowfall and frigid temperatures, but dealing with the aftermath may be tougher. As the Indianapolis Department of Public Works fights for more money to combat the large number of potholes on local roads, counties around the state are also […]

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Ellspermann announces program to help communities with blighted neighborhods

By Zach Schmitt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Communities could get federal funds to help clear blighted neighborhoods of abandoned homes under a new program that is part of Indiana’s Hardest Hit Fund. Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann announced Monday that federal officials agreed to let the state spend $75 million on the new Blight Elimination Program. The […]

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House, Senate approved tax plans as local officials howl

By Olivia Covington TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The House and Senate approved bills Thursday to reduce the business property tax just hours after local government officials from across the state joined to protest the legislation. Representatives from Indiana counties, police, fire chiefs, schools and local government officials said they are against the bills – which would […]

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Bill to help communities with military bases passes Senate

Brandon Mullens TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The full Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would authorize local governments to spend money to support military bases throughout Indiana. Sen. Jim Banks, R-Columbia City, author of Senate Bill 260, said that the bill provides tools for working with federal representatives to keep the bases in Indiana open. Under […]

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Bill would give communities options to save military installations

By Carley Campbell TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Lawmakers are considering legislation to give communities options in a battle to save military installations in danger of closing. The Local Government Committee approved Senate Bill 260, which now moves to the full House for consideration. Federal officials plan to launch the next Defense Base Closure and Realignment process […]

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Local officials say personal property tax bill pits communities against each other

By Carley Campbell TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The mayor of South Bend told lawmakers Tuesday that a bill to let local officials cut taxes for businesses would pit counties against one another in the race for jobs. Mayor Pete Buttigieg said officials in his area have been embracing regionalism but the bill does not. “We’ve come […]

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