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Governor signs budget, big road funding initiative into law

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Eric Holcomb gave his final approval of the state’s $32.3 billion two-year budget and road funding plans Thursday. “Both these bills are going to transform our state from where we gather today, from this very moment in the people’s house, to where we want to be five, 10, […]

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Holcomb weighs controversial cold beer, abortion, solar bills

By Christina Ramey TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Eric Holcomb got almost everything he wanted from the 2017 legislation session but now he’s faced with the decision on whether to sign the two most controversial bills of the session. Holcomb held a news conference Tuesday to talk about his legislative successes, including doubling the money for […]

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Two-year budget sent to the governor after late night votes

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The state’s $32.3 billion two-year budget will head to the governor’s desk for final approval next week after lawmakers resolved several sharp disagreements over taxes and education funding. The budget passed both the House and Senate Friday, 68-30 and 42-8 respectively. “I’m very satisfied that we’ve completed a historic […]

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Indiana’s infrastructure undergoes plans to be repaired

By Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — More of Indiana’s crumbling roads and bridges will be fixed as a result of a massive funding bill approved on the final night of the legislative session. House Bill 1002, the plan to improve Indiana’s infrastructure, sailed through the General Assembly on Friday with a vote of 37-12 in […]

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House road funding plan more popular than Senate version

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Several Hoosier lobbyists took advantage of what may have been their last chance to voice their support and concerns with the state’s proposed road funding plan Monday. Significant gaps remain between the Senate and House versions of the 10-year plan to upgrade the state’s highways and infrastructure. They have two […]

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Five Republicans buck party line on road funding

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Five Republicans voted against the Senate Republican version of the state’s road funding plan that will likely leave Hoosiers paying more in taxes to sustain Indiana roads. The highly-debated transportation bill passed the full Senate Tuesday 34-13. The Senate Republican version includes a 10 cent increase in the gasoline […]

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Democrat hopes to make Senate road plan into “Indiana jobs” bill fail

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Attempts by Senate Democrats to make changes to the Senate Republican road funding plan failed Monday. Sen. Karen Tallian, D-Portage, spoke on behalf of the Senate Democrats for her giant amendment, which would have raised the cigarette tax, phased out a moratorium on corporate income taxes, and mandated Hoosiers […]

Commentary: The road to compromise

Commentary: The road to compromise

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org There are now two distinct plans circulating through the Statehouse with regards to road funding. Both House and Senate Republicans have put forth proposals on how to pay for Indiana’s infrastructure, long-term. The House plan includes a 10-cent increase in the gas tax, shifting the entire sales tax on gasoline to […]

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Road funding: Gov. against cigarette tax hike, tolls still on the table

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Eric Holcomb’s press conference in the 2017 legislative session came with revealing details about where he stands on pre-K funding, the cigarette tax and toll roads. This comes after the Indiana House and Senate unveiled their proposed budgets for the next two fiscal years. The House budget called […]

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Senate changes the combination of taxes in road funding plan

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A road funding plan that would cost drivers more money at the pump and could add tolls to Indiana roadways moves forward in the Senate with a new combination of tax increases. The House Republican plan included a 10-cent increase on both diesel and gas taxes. However, the Senate […]

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