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Statehouse Chambers don’t agree on pre-K funding

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — The Senate Appropriations Committee is calling for less pre-kindergarten spending than the plans proposed by both the Indiana House and Gov. Eric Holcomb. The committee Thursday altered Senate Bill 276 to include a $3 million increase to the On My Way Pre-K pilot program, which sends low-income children to […]

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Patient access to opioid prescriptions could be limited

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Some patients who need Oxycodone or Vicodin may find that their doctor can only prescribe the medication for a week if bill continues to advance through the General Assembly. Minors and first-time users would be limited under Senate Bill 226 with the hopes of preventing opioid addiction. With only […]

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House Republicans propose cigarette tax hike to fund budget

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Hoosiers could soon pay $1 more for every pack of cigarettes they purchase if Indiana House Republicans move forward with their proposed biennial state budget. Rep. Tim Brown, R-Crawfordsville, unveiled the $31 billion budget Wednesday, with a cigarette tax hike that would provide the state with an additional $287 […]

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Sales tax proposed for out-of-state merchants

By Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Out-of-state retailers who do business in Indiana will be required to collect a tax from their customers making online purchases from them. Senate Bill 545 passed the Senate by a 42-1 vote, with only Sen. Jim Buck, R-Kokomo, dissenting. Specifically, the bill requires retail merchants outside of Indiana 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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Taxes, tolling options for road funding solution

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — An increase in state gas taxes, tolling and a vehicle fee are all possibilities drivers could face as the state tries to figure out how to pay for road improvements. The road funding task force met Monday to announce recommendations for the upcoming legislative session. “We think this issue is of […]

Commentary: Strange tales from the campaign trail

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Commentary: Strange tales from the campaign trail

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com   INDIANAPOLIS – Perhaps former Indiana Senate leader Robert Garton said it best. This election is a strange one, the man who served as the Senate’s president pro tempore for 26 years told me over the air. “It’s going to be studied for a long time,” he said. That’s because the […]

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Q&A: Meet Scott Willis, running for Hamilton County Senate seat

By Gary Qi TheStatehouseFile.com   Editor’s note: This story is a part of a question and answer series covering the Indiana primary. All candidates in this race have been invited to interview. Some responses have been edited for brevity and clarity.  CARMEL, Ind. — Scott Willis is challenging incumbent Sen. Luke Kenley, R-Carmel, in the May […]

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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 debate focuses on how to find a sustainable solution

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — One of two road improvement plans under consideration by the legislature this session passed the Senate Tuesday with doubts about long-term funding. Last week, the Appropriations Committee changed House Bill 1001, the House Republicans’ road-funding plan, by removing the tax hikes on gas and cigarettes. Instead, they changed the […]