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Tax revenue falls just below projections in July

By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana State Budget Agency released its monthly report on revenue collection for the general fund – the first of Fiscal Year 2015 – on Wednesday, which showed a 1.7 percent dip in tax receipts compared to estimates. The state brought in a total of $1.04 billion in July […]

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State ends fiscal year with more than $2 billion in the bank

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The state ended the fiscal year on June 30 with $2 billion in the bank and spent $107 million less than it received from taxes, state Auditor Suzanne Crouch announced at the state’s 2014 closeout on Monday. Overall, the state spent roughly $15 billion during the last fiscal year, […]

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Analysis: Expanding the sales tax on services is debate worth having

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – As Gov. Mike Pence embarks on what he says will be an effort to simply Indiana’s tax system, it’s important to consider how a sales tax on services might fit into the picture. Currently, Indiana – and the vast majority of other states – impose a sales tax on […]

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30 Laws: New law means more dollars for state highway projects

By Paige Clark TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence’s administration is using $200 million authorized by a new state law to widen Interstate 65 south of Indianapolis and Lafayette – and could get more money for projects next year. Gov. Mike Pence signed a bill in March – authored by Rep. Tim Brown, R-Crawfordsville – to […]

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Indiana settles dispute with tobacco companies

By Emily Metheny TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana has settled a dispute with major tobacco companies that could have dramatically cut payments that now fund major health programs. The agreement means the state will still receive less cash than under the Master Tobacco Settlement that Indiana and other states signed in 1998. But state officials said […]

Commentary: Taxing the patience of the peasantry

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Commentary: Taxing the patience of the peasantry

By Dan Carpenter TheStatehouseFile.com If Indiana’s political leaders truly believe that a stronger economy is about jobs, they might demonstrate it by paying more benevolent attention to jobholders and jobseekers. A case in point is the national summit on taxation hosted in Indianapolis this week by Gov. Mike Pence. It turned out to be something […]

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Tax conference features conservative viewpoints on economics

By Seth Morin TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Tax reform and tax relief were the focus points of the Tax Competitiveness and Simplification Conference at the Indiana Government Center. Tax policy experts from Indiana and around the country gathered at the event hosted by Republican Gov. Mike Pence. Pence said the focus is on how Indiana can […]

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30 Laws: Abandoned houses should be easier to buy under new law

By Seth Morin TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A plan that aims to make abandoned and vacant properties a thing of the past – or at least significantly less detrimental to communities than today – when an abandoned housing law takes effect on July 1. “Abandoned homes are a poison in the cul de sac,” said Sen. […]

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Video & story: Lawmakers will study whether to expand rehab tax credit

By Jesse Wilson TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS - Legislators are set to delve into a study of the state’s historic preservation tax credit – a program so backlogged that it has become all but unusable. For years, developers used the credit to turn crumbling buildings into income-earning properties, bolstering communities along the way. But the state’s cap on […]

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Pence: State on track to finish fiscal year in the black

By Paige Clark and Jess Seabolt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – With one month left in the fiscal year, state tax receipts are more than $200 million less than lawmakers thought when they wrote the current state budget. But Gov. Mike Pence said Friday that the state is on track to finish the fiscal year on June […]

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