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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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GOP, Democratic leaders find common ground in Holcomb’s address

By Shelby Mullis and Quinn Fitzgerald TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Both Democratic and Republican leaders found optimism in Gov. Eric Holcomb’s first State of the State address. House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, and Senate President Pro Tempore David Long, R-Fort Wayne, thought the governor did well in his address Tuesday night. “He really hit on a […]

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After Republican sweep, both parties prepare for work

By Rachel Hoffmeyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — One day after the Trump train roared through Indiana, both Republicans and Democrats in Indiana are assessing the impact. “What an unexpected night,” House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, said. In the national spotlight, Gov. Mike Pence became the country’s vice president-elect. In the statewide election, Republicans swept by winning […]

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30 Laws in 30 Days: K-9s, service animals can share owners’ final resting place

Editor’s note: This is the seventh in a series of stories about new laws that are taking effect, most of them on July 1. By Megan Powell TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — An officer and his K-9 will finally be allowed to share a final resting place. When Michigan City Police Officer Rob Grant’s family made final […]

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Pence expresses interest in expanding state’s pre-K program

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence sent a letter Thursday to Secretary Sylvia Burwell of the Department of Health and Human Services expressing interest in expanding the state’s pre-K program for disadvantaged children. “Because of the success of our first-ever, state-funded pre-K pilot program, I am committed to opening doors of opportunity to […]

Commentary: Democrats fought for fairness

Commentary: Democrats fought for fairness

By Rep. Scott Pelath Special to TheStatehouseFile.com At a time when Americans decry the national fissures of the Trumpian Era, Indiana House Democrats are proving one can wage an effective opposition without polarization, stalemate, and puerile name-calling. As House Democratic leader, I have emphasized three essential duties of the minority party:  First, help the Republicans […]

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House passes funding for roads, regional cities

By Jasmine Otam TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Legislation for road improvements that would also fund a key piece of Gov. Mike Pence’s agenda passed the House Wednesday, but not by a large margin. An amended version of Senate Bill 333 passed the House 57-35 Thursday. The bill includes the House’s road funding plan, which would raise […]

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Democrats and Republicans argue about amendment’s fairness

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — An amendment to an education bill received heated discussion about legislative procedure. An amendment proposed Wednesday by Rep. Bob Behning, R-Indianapolis, introduced a new fund for educators who teach dual credit courses to Senate Bill 334. But Minority Leader Scott Pelath, D-Michigan City, argued adding an amendment with funding […]

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Financial penalties proposed for companies that move out of Indiana

By Jasmine Otam TheStatehousefile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — An amendment would create a new financial penalty for companies that leave Indiana to move to foreign countries. “Today’s vote represents a chance for the members of the Indiana General Assembly to tell companies that they do not have the right to take full advantage of taxpayer-funded assistance to locate […]

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Extra funding for Regional Cities is up in the air

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Mike Pence’s Regional Cities Initiative is under debate due the need for an additional $42 million. The law creates a grant program that enables neighboring communities to work together as a region to promote economic development, quality of life and help attract talent and investment. Originally, the Regional […]