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Bill to ban taxes on Internet access moves to full House

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana took another step toward becoming the first state to prohibit taxes on Internet access after a bill that would implement a permanent ban passed the House Ways and Means Committee unanimously. Senate Bill 80 might be largely meaningless. The federal Tax Freedom Act has put a moratorium on […]

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Lawmakers mull earlier unemployment loan payoff, could save firms $300+ million

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The state is on track to pay back $2.2 billion in federal unemployment loans in May 2016 – roughly four years earlier than originally projected. And a key lawmaker says that payoff could happen yet this year – a move that would save Hoosier businesses some $327 million in […]

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Indiana could take Internet taxation issue into its own hands

By Alec Gray & Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana could soon become the first state to prohibit taxes on Internet access – a move supporters say is necessary given an unstable environment in the nation’s capitol. But with technology changing quickly, a ban could eventually mean less state revenue. The federal Internet Tax Freedom […]

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Kenley: Slower-than-expected tax revenue warrants cautious spending plan

Sen. Luke Kenley shares his thoughts about writing the budget from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate’s budget architect said he might be a bit more restrained with spending in his version of the next two-year budget because the state has not been meeting its revenue projections for the current […]

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Tax revenue down 1 percent for fiscal year so far

By Jess Seabolt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State tax receipts fell just below predictions in February, raising concern among key lawmakers who are writing the next two-year budget. For the first eight months of Fiscal Year 2015, revenue is down 1 percent – or about $91 million. Senate Appropriations Chairman Luke Kenley, R-Noblesville, said the news […]

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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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