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House passes stadium bill; Long says not a priority for Senate

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The House approved a bill Wednesday to help fund a stadium for the Indy Eleven soccer team, but the leader of the Senate said the legislation will not be a priority for that chamber. “I think it’s a little difficult to talk about helping getting a soccer stadium built when […]

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House approves bill to let private firms seize tax refunds for debts

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The House passed a bill Monday that would the state take or reduce an individual’s tax return check to settle private debt. Private firms would pay a fee for the service. “This bill will increase revenue to the state or at least offset costs to the Department of Revenue,” […]

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House backs off Pence plan to cut higher ed tax credit; mulls expensive break for businesses

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana House is dropping one unpopular part of Gov. Mike Pence’s proposed tax overhaul – and another key section is in jeopardy. House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, said Thursday the House won’t grant the governor’s wish to eliminate a tax credit for Hoosiers who donate money to universities […]

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Tax ‘simplification’ bill raises plenty of questions

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Lawmakers are considering legislation that would eliminate $21 million in annual tax cuts for businesses and individuals, bolster a break for the working poor, and expand a sales tax exemption for businesses. House Bill 1349 is meant to simplify the state’s tax system while remaining revenue neutral, meaning the […]

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Teachers could get tax break for teacher supplies under bill headed to House

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Educators could receive an unexpected tax credit next year to reimburse, at least partially, the personal money they used to purchase classroom supplies. House Bill 1005, authored by Rep Ben Smaltz, R-Auburn, passed the House Education Committee unanimously and is now headed to the full House for consideration. It could […]

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State could nab taxpayer refund checks for private debt under bill

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The state could take a taxpayer’s refund check to settle private debt under legislation the House Judiciary Committee debated Monday. House Bill 1358 would apply only when a creditor – which could be a bank, a credit card company, a service provider or other firm – obtains a court […]

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Democrats chide Pence’s budget priorities

By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Democrats called into question Tuesday the way Gov. Mike Pence wants to distribute education funding in the two-year budget he’s given to the House Ways & Means Committee. Rep. Ed Delaney, D-Indianapolis, took issue with the amount of money the governor is seeking to allocate to charter schools and […]

Analysis: Modest revenue growth won’t mean big increases for education

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Analysis: Modest revenue growth won’t mean big increases for education

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The big talk among legislative leaders about boosting the dollars for education significantly may turn out to be largely that – big talk. That’s no commentary on the Republican leaders who are hoping to make 2015 an education session. They appear sincere in their efforts, although their more specific […]

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Lawmakers cautiously optimistic about projections for more tax money

By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Lawmakers could have an additional $842 million in new money to spend on the next two-year budget. On Thursday, the Revenue Forecast Technical Committee presented its projections for Fiscal Years 2016 – beginning July 1 – and 2017 to the State Budget Committee. The estimates are used as an […]

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Analysis: Education funding depends on upcoming fiscal forecast

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Republicans are talking big about boosting state funding for public schools over the next two years, but it’s not clear yet whether the cash will be available to make that happen. Already, House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, has said that his caucus wants to provide a larger overall increase […]

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