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Road funding bill sparks cigarette tax debate

By Shelby D. Salazar TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS ­­– Whether to raise taxes to generate funds for much-needed road and bridge repairs continues to be a heated topic for both supporters and opponents. House Bill 1001, heard in the Ways and Means committee Wednesday, would raise the gasoline tax, raise the cigarette tax by $1 and allow […]

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SOTs: GOP road plan passes committee (HB 1001)

HB – 1001, Committee Meeting, By Lucas Lloyd Rep. Dan Forestal, D-Indianapolis  [:20] “House Republicans and house Democrats agree that there is no more pressing issue than Indiana’s crumbling road-ways and infrastructure. We all agree that we need to do something about it and we all agree that we need to increase the amount of […]

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Three major tax filing errors and how to avoid them

Anastasia Gentry TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – As tax season begins, the Indiana Department of Revenue is providing taxpayers with advice. “If taxpayers have any questions, just don’t hesitate to contact us,” said Amanda Stanley, spokeswoman for the Indiana Department of Revenue. Tax season is an area that many people can struggle with. Stanley said they see […]

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House Democrats propose $2 billion plan to improve Indiana roads, bridges

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana House Democrats proposed their plan Monday to fix Indiana’s roads and bridges less than a month after the governor announced his plan, “21st Century Crossroads.” “Unlike some other public services, roads have lasting, measurable value,” House Minority Leader, Scott Pelath, D-Michigan City, said in a statement. “Once skilled workers […]

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Governor unveils plan to pay back federal loan

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence announced Thursday the state will payoff its federal unemployment loan in time to avoid the Federal Unemployment Tax Act penalty. He said it would save Hoosier businesses $327 million in taxes. “I’m proud today to announce that because of our prudent fiscal management and financial planning, Indiana […]

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Software glitch prevents $86 million from depositing into general fund

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – General fund collections for the state would have been $2.3 million more than projected for the month of September – that is if a software glitch hadn’t kept the state from processing about $86 million in incoming revenue. The state’s new software should work like an ATM where it reads […]

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August revenues on the money for Indiana

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – August revenues for Indiana state government ran a bit ahead of both budget projections and collections during August 2014. The state’s monthly revenue report shows that Indiana collected $1.079 billion in August. That’s roughly $6.4 million more than the state planned for when it made budget projections in April – […]

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Education study committee says $4 million is needed for special ed.

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS— The Interim Study Committee on Education discussed expanding funding for special education in schools on Tuesday afternoon and the group said it would take about $4 million to do it right. “A handful of kids, which kind of fall through the cracks that are in preschool that are categorized as […]

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July tax revenue falls below projections

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Total tax revenues for July – the first month of the 2016 fiscal year – came in slightly below projections built into the current state budget. The state’s tax revenue is down less than 1 percent starting out the fiscal year. The revenue totaled $1.04 billion. The biggest percentage […]

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Tax amnesty set for Sept. 15-Nov. 16

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Delinquent state taxpayers will have a chance to pay up without penalty under a tax amnesty program that will take place this fall. Gov. Mike Pence on Monday announced the dates for the amnesty will be Sept. 15 through Nov. 16. The goal is to collect at least $84 […]

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