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  • NWS-PT010814 HJR6 Letters Delivered.jpg Polar vortex slows statehouse INDIANAPOLIS -- Lawmakers slid into the opening day of the 2014 session -- some literally -- as a polar freeze held its brutal grip on much of the state Tuesday. The House and Senate barely made the numbers needed to conduct business for an opening t

    January 8, 2014 1 Photo

  • NWS-PT010214 LMU ashes.jpg Report: State electric rates to rise a third by 2023 INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana's electricity rates will surge nearly a third over the next 10 years, driven upward by new federal pollution restrictions on coal-fired power plants, the costs of new plants and other factors, a Purdue University research group

    January 2, 2014 1 Photo

  • Extra pennies for your beer? INDIANAPOLIS -- A few extra pennies on a six-pack of beer could help Indiana counties afford addiction and mental health programs for low-level offenders, keeping them out of prison, in line with a law that goes into effect in July. But the idea -- f

    December 23, 2013

  • State revenue forecast down by nearly $300 million INDIANAPOLIS -- The state's budget forecasters are delivering discouraging news, estimating a shortfall of nearly $300 million in tax revenues from what they predicted just eight months ago. The updated estimate comes less than two weeks after Republ

    December 22, 2013

  • Proposed law to require meth cleanup INDIANAPOLIS -- State Rep. Wendy McNamara knew methamphetamine was a scourge on her district in southwestern Indiana, but the damaging effects of the drug really hit her when she met a real estate appraiser who'd suffered lung damage after visiting a

    December 16, 2013

  • NWS-PT121213 pence2.jpg Outline for education: Pence details schools agenda CORYDON -- Now that reform has been implemented, Gov. Mike Pence said Tuesday it's time for Indiana's legislature to focus on education innovation. Pence's address on his education agenda for 2014 in Corydon's First Capitol Building focused on making

    December 12, 2013 2 Photos

  • Ind. lawmakers face ambitious agenda INDIANAPOLIS -- Lawmakers are crafting an aggressive agenda for the new year that includes a tax break for businesses, preschool funding for the poor, road spending and a divisive constitutional amendment -- all packaged into a so-called "short sessi

    December 11, 2013

  • Business groups, mayors at odds over tax revenue TERRE HAUTE -- Who would have believed that old fork lifts, barber chairs and aging computers could capture the attention of so many folks around the state? But taxes on those items -- equipment known as "business personal property" -- generate reven

    December 9, 2013

  • Pence unveils legislative agenda INDIANAPOLIS -- Gov. Mike Pence is calling on the General Assembly to increase spending on education, roads and job development while ending a $1 billion-a-year tax on business that funds local governments, schools and libraries. At a conference Thur

    December 8, 2013

  • Legislators eye tweaks to sentencing overhaul law SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Indiana lawmakers could go back to the drawing board before sweeping changes to state sentencing guidelines take effect in July. Two studies examining a massive criminal code overhaul that lawmakers passed last year could poin

    November 25, 2013

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