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Gubernatorial candidates discuss violence, vouchers and mass transit

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — For the first time, gubernatorial candidates Democrat John Gregg, Republican Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb and Libertarian Rex Bell took the stage together at Central Library Sunday to discuss issues regarding public transit, school choice vouchers and recent perceived police violence. Public Transit Infrastructure in the Hoosier state could make […]

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Webcast: A new GOP chair, an antidote for heroin overdoses and more

Webcast March 13, 2015 from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo.

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Coalition objects to proposed 3 percent cut in transit funding

By Hannah Troyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – With a proposed 3 percent cut in the state’s mass transit budget for 2016, a coalition is pushing for an almost $18 million increase in funding instead. The Indiana Citizens’ Alliance for Transit has launched the Invest INtransit campaign – focused on increasing the state’s public mass transportation spending […]

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30 Laws: Mass transit votes won’t come for two years

By Emily Metheny TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Central Indiana voters won’t see proposals to raise taxes for mass transit on the ballots until at least 2016. Lawmakers authorized the referendums in legislation that becomes law July 1 but local officials say they are only now in the planning stages for eventual votes – at least in […]

Commentary: Referenda and realpolitick

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Commentary: Referenda and realpolitick

By Dan Carpenter TheStatehouseFile.com Whom should we allow to vote, and for what? Not just anybody and not anything sacred, depending on which side of the left-right divide you occupy. As restrictions on ballot access continue to proliferate in Republican-dominated states, we seem to be hearkening back to the days when democracy was a daddy […]

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Pence signs mass transit legislation for Central Indiana

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence has signed legislation meant to provide funding for a mass transit expansion in Central Indiana. The law authorizes officials in Marion, Madison, Johnson, Hancock, Hamilton, and Delaware counties to seek voter permission to raise income taxes to fund a regional bus system. The goal is to add […]

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Mass transit possibility for six counties under bill headed to Gov. Pence

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Legislation to permit a mass transit expansion in Central Indiana – if voters approve a tax hike – passed the House and Senate and is headed to Gov. Mike Pence for consideration. “This is vital to the future growth of Central Indiana and the metro area,” said the bill’s […]

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Deal on mass transit headed for votes Thursday

By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Key legislators say they have reached a compromise on a bill that gives local officials in several counties the authority to expand mass transit throughout Central Indiana. Sen. Pat Miller, R-Indianapolis, who authored Senate Bill 176, said she plans to sign the conference committee report on mass transit, which […]

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Mass transit supporters say they’re hopeful for compromise

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Supporters of competing plans to expand mass transit in Central Indiana say they’ve got differences to work out before the session ends March 14 but they’re confident they can find resolution. The House and Senate have passed similar versions of legislation to allow five counties to raise individual income […]

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Mass transit bill headed to conference committee

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The House passed legislation to authorize new taxes for an expanded bus system but the bill is headed to a conference committee where lawmakers will try to find a compromise on the issue. Senate Bill 176 lets officials in Delaware, Hamilton, Hancock, Johnson, Madison and Marion counties act to […]

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