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Legislators hand over keys to Habitat for Humanity home

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Eight years after becoming interested in a Habitat for Humanity house, Ebony Duffy and her 8-year-old daughter received the keys to their new home on Friday morning. “This house had a special beginning on the grounds of the Statehouse, but this outstanding young family is who will leave the […]

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30 Laws in 30 Days: Pawnshops allowed to accept additional firearms for loans

By Christina Ramey TheStatehouseFile.com Editor’s note: This is the 24th in a series of stories about new laws that are taking effect, most of them on July 1. INDIANAPOLIS – For years gun owners could secure a loan at a pawnshop with a long gun, such as a rifle or shotgun, but handguns were a different […]

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Hoosiers involved in HSBC foreclosure abuses can begin filing claims Aug. 24

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – More than 2,000 Hooisers could have some money headed back their way thanks to a settlement with mortgage lender and servicer HSBC. According to Attorney General Greg Zoeller, qualified Hoosiers will receive mailed notices this month with instructions on how to claim the reimbursement from the $470 million federal-state settlement […]

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Fitch Rating reaffirms state’s AAA credit rating

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS –Gov. Mike Pence announced Thursday Fitch Ratings reaffirmed Indiana’s AAA credit rating for its responsible management of state budgets, revenue and public debt. “Indiana is truly the fiscal envy of our nation,” Pence said in a statement. “Fitch’s affirmation of our fiscal management reflects what reflects what Hoosiers have come […]

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30 laws in 30 days: New law expected to decrease farmland property taxes

By Alaa Abdeldaiem TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Jack Maloney has farmed all his life. As a fourth-generation farmer, Maloney has never had another job. His 2,800 acres of corn, soybeans and wheat in Brownsburg, Indiana, have been around since 1861, and Maloney said he hopes they’ll be around for much longer. But the state hasn’t made […]

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Members appointed to Funding Indiana’s Roads for a Stronger, Safer Tomorrow task force

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence announced appointments Thursday to the Funding Indiana’s Roads for a Stronger, Safer Tomorrow (FIRSST) task force. The committee was created by the passage of House Bill 1001. The law includes $1.2 billion in new funding for roads and bridges. The task force’s job is to develop a […]

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Road funding bill sparks cigarette tax debate

By Shelby D. Salazar TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS ­­– Whether to raise taxes to generate funds for much-needed road and bridge repairs continues to be a heated topic for both supporters and opponents. House Bill 1001, heard in the Ways and Means committee Wednesday, would raise the gasoline tax, raise the cigarette tax by $1 and allow […]

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SOTs: GOP road plan passes committee (HB 1001)

HB – 1001, Committee Meeting, By Lucas Lloyd Rep. Dan Forestal, D-Indianapolis  [:20] “House Republicans and house Democrats agree that there is no more pressing issue than Indiana’s crumbling road-ways and infrastructure. We all agree that we need to do something about it and we all agree that we need to increase the amount of […]

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Pence and 17 companies announce 600 new jobs for Hoosier state

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS –Gov. Mike Pence along with 17 companies across the state announced Thursday that more than 600 jobs will be coming to Indiana. “These 17 different companies all represent investment in communities in Indiana that will create jobs that in some cases twice the state average,” Pence said. “We have a […]

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Pence supports bill providing funding for local roads

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – If you’re a worn out strip of pavement in the state of Indiana, you’re probably having a good week. Gov. Mike Pence announced his support Thursday for legislation filed by Sen. Brandt Hershman, R-Buck Creek, to immediately provide $418 million to local governments to go toward local transportation infrastructure projects. […]

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