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Retailers worry proposed cigarette tax increase could spur black market

Jasmine Otam TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Hoosiers are split when it comes to a bill that would raise tobacco taxes to pay for road funding. House Bill 1001, the House GOP’s road funding plan, would raise the gasoline tax to four cents per gallon and raise the cigarette tax by $1 a pack to fund road […]

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First biannual Civility in Government Awards presented

By Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The first winners of the biannual Civility in Government Awards are said to embody politeness, good communication and emotional control. Association of Retired Members of the Indiana General Assembly created the award to showcase the civility of senators and representatives of both parties during their tenure. “ARMIGA is a […]

How Gov. Pence fared on 4 key agenda items

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How Gov. Pence fared on 4 key agenda items

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Lawmakers handed Gov. Mike Pence wins on nearly every piece of his legislative agenda during the 2015 session that ended late Wednesday. It was almost a sweep. And even some legislators seemed surprised by how well the Republican governor – who just weeks ago seemed crippled by a furor […]

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Budget bans state archives building on Central Canal

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS –The Pence administration would be banned from constructing a new, $25 million state archives building along the Central Canal in downtown Indianapolis under the budget bill lawmakers plan to approve Wednesday. “That’s green space and it’s not a big enough space,” said Senate Appropriations Chairman Luke Kenley, R-Noblesville, who put […]

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Kenley backs off push for ‘off-the-shelf’ student test

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Key lawmakers said Thursday they plan to move forward with a new ISTEP test – at least for the next two years – and then study whether an off-the-shelf exam could be used in the future to save money. Sen. Luke Kenley, R-Noblesville, said he would back off his […]

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Video & story: Veterans, lawmakers clash over bills – many, many bills

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – At the Indiana Statehouse there are bills to give property tax breaks and hunting permits to veterans. There’s legislation to pay for specialized treatment for soldiers who come home suffering from post-traumatic stress. And there are proposals to help the children of disabled veterans go to college. “All of […]

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Budget moves to conference committee; revenue forecast to determine final spending

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate passed a two-year, $31.5 billion budget Wednesday but the plan is about to go under the knife. The Republican-written budget includes more money for K-12 schools, technical programs and state universities, with a particular emphasis on Indiana University and Purdue University regional campuses. But the proposal’s main […]

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Webcast: The Senate unveils its budget, a stadium bill moves forward & Final Four fans talk RFRA

Anchors Deron Molen and Andi TenBarge give us the week’s headlines. Webcast April 10, 2015 from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo.

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Video & story: Senate budget boosts funding for schools, highways; Kenley warns cuts may be coming

Senate unveiled proposed budget from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Senate Republicans revealed a two-year, $31.5 billion budget Thursday that boosts funding for schools, universities and highways and leaves the state with nearly $1.9 billion in the bank. But the plan’s architect warned immediately that lower-than-expected tax receipts mean the budget […]

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Tax receipts fall below projections – again

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State tax revenue in March failed to reach projections for the seventh time in the last nine months, raising questions about how much spending the state can afford during the next two years. State Budget Director Brian Bailey revealed the revenue report Wednesday, the day before Senate Republicans planned […]