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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 […]


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 […]


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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Commentary: Sedated by the surplus

By Michael Leppert TheStatehouseFile.com “Sedated, we’re nursing on a poison that never stung…” –Hozier Hozier was in town Thursday night performing a summer, outdoor rock and roll show at The Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park. The Irish singer/songwriter mentioned multiple times during his set what a great venue it is. And […]

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Pence invites companies to relocate in a Wall Street Journal ad

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A Wall Street Journal ad placed by Gov. Mike Pence is inviting three major companies to the Hoosier state in light of recent tax hikes in Connecticut. The invitation is directed at General Electric, Aetna Inc. and Travelers in a full-page ad. Last week the Connecticut General Assembly passed a […]

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To collect revenue, some states put tax scofflaws in virtual ‘stocks’

By Elaine S. Povich Stateline.org Almost two-thirds of the states – including Indiana – are punishing tax delinquents with a digital version of the Colonial practice of locking lawbreakers in stocks set up in the village square. It turns out publishing the names of tax scofflaws and the amounts they owe on the Internet works spectacularly […]

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