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Budget passes House after questions of education funding

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The House Republican version of the state’s two-year, $32 billion budget passed the full House Monday after questions about whether the budget is favoring charter and suburban schools over traditional public and urban schools. Rep. Tim Brown, R-Crawfordsville, called the House Bill 1001 budget an “honest, good appraisal” of […]

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House Republican road funding plan heads to the Senate

By Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana House passed the Republicans’ $1.2 billion road funding plan Thursday with no support from Democrats. House Bill 1002, which passed by a 61-36 vote, calls for Hoosiers to pay an additional 10 cents per gallon in gas taxes,  $15 more to register vehicles and a new $150 […]

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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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Road funding bill moves forward

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana House is moving forward with a road funding bill that would raise gas taxes by 10 cents per gallon and allow for future tolling of the state’s highways. Tuesday, the House considered amendments to House Bill 1002, which would raise $700 million in additional funds for infrastructure […]

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House Democrats release ‘no new taxes’ road plan

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana House Democrats are proposing a road funding plan that would use existing state funds while prioritizing local and preexisting road projects.   The “No New Taxes Indiana Road Plan” is an alternative to the House GOP’s proposal to increase the Hoosier gas tax by 10 cents a gallon […]

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Gas tax increase, user fees find support in committee

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosiers could see an increase in numbers at the gas pump if Rep. Ed Soliday’s, R-Valparaiso, road funding bill is passed. The legislation would raise Indiana gas and diesel taxes by 10 cents and increase vehicle registration fees by $15. It also proposes that the Indiana Department of Transportation […]

Commentary: So you want roads but no taxes?

Commentary: So you want roads but no taxes?

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPolitics.org Indiana has $1 billion in annual road need. The anti-tax crowd says don’t raises taxes, use existing budget dollars. Ok, that’s fine, let’s see if we can take $1 billion out of the state budget. According to the State Budget Agency, Indiana spent $30 billion in fiscal year 2016. Wow, that’s a […]

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Roads, pre-K, workforce: Holcomb reveals his legislative agenda

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Better roads and bridges as well as an expanded pre-K program are top priorities under Gov.-elect Eric Holcomb’s administration.   He announced the five themes of his legislative agenda Thursday. “Heading into my first legislative session as Indiana’s governor, the guiding principle that shapes my agenda is to improve […]

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Gas tax increase, toll roads part of road construction plan

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosier drivers could soon pay an increase of $48 a year on gas taxes and potentially experience toll roads in Indiana.                        House Republicans outlined a long-term road funding plan Wednesday, which would raise nearly $700 million in additional funds for infrastructure throughout the next two years. House Bill 1002 […]

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Senate back in session, Democrats lay out agenda

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – As is the tradition, the first Senate session of the new year kicked off Tuesday with prospective bills being introduced by a clerk in a rapid, almost an auctioneer, style. “For our new senators who don’t understand what just happened there, that’s the initial introduction of a bill,” President […]

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