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Committee recommends land-based casinos, live dealers at horse tracks

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Riverboat gambling operations would be allowed to rebuild on land and horse track casinos could use live dealers for table games under a recommendation approved Thursday by a legislative study committee. But the proposal – approved unanimously – would not allow horse track casinos in Anderson and Shelbyville to […]

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State tax receipts continue to trail projections

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State tax receipts fell below projections in September for the third straight month but remain ahead of revenue for the same period last year. During the first quarter of the fiscal year, state revenue was nearly $39 million behind estimates released in December. That’s about 1.1 percent below forecast. Individual […]

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Land-based casinos, live dealers among changes study committee likely to recommend

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Live dealers in race-track casinos. Riverboat gambling operations rebuilt on land. And more assistance for a resort in French Lick. Those are among the ideas that a panel of lawmakers appears increasingly likely to recommend to try to prop up a gambling industry rocked by competition from Ohio and […]

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Tax caps having greatest impact for owners of rental property, farms

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The owners of rental homes and apartments are among the property owners that are helped most by a tax cap system the state fully implemented in 2010. In all, the tax caps reduced bills – and therefore reduced revenue to local units of government and schools – by $766 […]

Guest column: Balanced, calculated approach to federal tax and regulatory reform needed

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Guest column: Balanced, calculated approach to federal tax and regulatory reform needed

By Don Villwock Indiana Farm Bureau During the current 113th Congress, several lawmakers have proposed reforms that broaden the tax base and lower tax rates by removing a combination of incentives or provisions currently used by individuals, businesses and organizations. On many occasions, legislators have indicated that no incentive or provision is safe. On the surface, […]

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State tax receipts don’t meet projections in August

By Hannah Troyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State tax receipts fell 1.4 percent below projections in August but revenues remain ahead of last year’s totals. The Indiana State Budget Agency released its monthly report on revenue collection for the state’s main checking account on Wednesday. It showed tax receipts for the month were $974.9 million, which […]

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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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