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Road funding debate continues, heads to House

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — After weeks of listening to Hoosier opinions across the state, Rep. Ed Soliday, R-Valparaiso, and other GOP legislators continue to push a gas tax hike as a solution for funding Indiana’s roads and infrastructure. The House Ways and Means committee passed Soliday’s bill Wednesday 14-9. It now goes to […]

Commentary: Good roads and bridges benefit all of us, so we all should pay

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Commentary: Good roads and bridges benefit all of us, so we all should pay

By Janet Williams TheStatehouseFile.com Drive more than five minutes on Indiana’s roads and bridges you’ll know that Indiana needs to invest serious dollars in repairs and maintenance. You’ll rumble over crumbling asphalt and dodge potholes, and when you cross a bridge with a truck hauling a full load of freight, you’ll hope that this isn’t […]

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Drivers question lawmakers about proposed gas tax hike

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — With the possibility that they’ll soon be paying more at the pump, people from around central Indiana filled a town hall Thursday night to learn more about a plan to raise taxes. Melba Kiser, of Noblesville, and her husband participated in the meeting that was held at the Americans for […]

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Q&A: Meet Rep. Chris May, surprise political ambitions lead to Statehouse

By James Polston TheStatehouseFile.com This is a question and answer series with newly-elected members of the Indiana General Assembly. Some responses have been edited for brevity and clarity. INDIANAPOLIS ­— Rep. Chris May, R-Bedford, never dreamed of becoming a politician. “It was just one of those things that the dominos kind of just fell at […]

Commentary: Santa Claus gets lost on the road

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Commentary: Santa Claus gets lost on the road

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Only Nixon could go to China. Or so the saying goes. Because Richard Nixon had spent so many years burnishing his anti-communist credentials, he was positioned to open the United States to the world’s largest communist nation. After he’d spent a quarter-century red-baiting anyone who disagreed with him, it […]

Commentary: A ‘grown-up’ discussion about gas taxes

Commentary: A ‘grown-up’ discussion about gas taxes

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz indypolitics.org With your permission, allow me to paraphrase a sentence some of you older folks might remember from typing class: “Now is the time for all good men and women to have a grown up conversation about gas taxes.” I bring this up because Indiana lawmakers are looking at indexing the current […]

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Q&A: Meet Rep. Dave Heine, farmer turned lawmaker

By Alexa Freeman TheStatehouseFile.com This story is a question and answer series with newly-elected members of the Indiana General Assembly. Some responses have been edited for brevity and clarity. INDIANAPOLIS – Rep. Dave Heine, R-Fort Wayne, has spent his entire life in northeast Indiana and is focused on making the area, as well as the […]

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Right-of-way for roundabouts could change

By Christian Sullivan  TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A new bill is looking to give the right-of-way to large trucks in roundabouts throughout Indiana. Rep. Jerry Torr, R-Carmel, has authored a bill that would give the right-of-way to large trucks in order to reduce accidents and sideswipes in a roundabout. Since large trucks can have trouble staying […]

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Education, roads, drugs among priorities in Holcomb’s budget

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Eric Holcomb has proposed a slight increase in education spending in his proposed $32 billion two-year budget plan that was introduced to the state budget committee Tuesday. Micah Vincent, director of the state’s Office of Management and Budget, laid out the 2018 and 2019 fiscal year plan to […]

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ISTEP may stick around longer than hoped

By Taylor Brown TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Road funding and education, including extending the life of ISTEP, are some of the priorities the Senate Republicans’ listed Tuesday. They expect ISTEP, which was originally slated to be replaced next school year, to stick around for a year or two. They’re concerned rushing a new version of the […]

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