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30 laws in 30 days: New law expected to decrease farmland property taxes

By Alaa Abdeldaiem TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Jack Maloney has farmed all his life. As a fourth-generation farmer, Maloney has never had another job. His 2,800 acres of corn, soybeans and wheat in Brownsburg, Indiana, have been around since 1861, and Maloney said he hopes they’ll be around for much longer. But the state hasn’t made […]

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30 Laws in 30 Days: Phone companies forced to pay 911 fee

By Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com  Editor’s note: This is the 16th in a series of stories about new laws that are taking effect, most of them on July 1.  INDIANAPOLIS – A new state law aims to clear up confusion over who is responsible for paying a 911 fee when it comes to low-income families who […]

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Will Indiana choose Cruz?

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — “Choose Cruz” signs waved and the crowd cheered “We want Ted” as U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz took the stage at the Indiana State Fairgrounds the night before the Indiana primary. But the question remains: does Indiana want to choose Cruz? If Hoosiers don’t, the results Tuesday could make it […]

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Cruz calls basketball hoop a “ring” in famed Hoosiers gym

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com KNIGHTSTOWN, Ind. — Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz made a bit of a foul play during a campaign stop in the famed “Hoosiers” basketball gym. “The amazing thing is, that basketball ring in Indiana, it’s the same height as it is in New York City and every other place in […]

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Financial changes for DraftKings, FanDuel regulations

By Jasmine Otam TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Changes to the daily fantasy sports legislation could help operators save some money. Senate Bill 339 would provide regulations, basic consumer protection and transparency to Hoosiers who take part in fantasy sports games, such as DraftKings and FanDuel. The House Ways and Means Committee voted Monday on an amendment […]

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Avoiding tax prep errors

By Gary Qi TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Department of Revenue is warning Hoosier taxpayers about typical errors that can happen while paying taxes. “The most common mistakes we see when taxpayers file their individual income tax returns are math errors,” said Amanda Stanley, director of public relations for the department. Stanley said filling out tax […]

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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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