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Key lawmakers divided on more business tax cuts

INDIANAPOLIS | A split appears to be developing between two powerful Republican state senators over whether Indiana businesses need more tax cuts.

September 15, 2014 5:40 pm
Lawmakers often use study committees to develop legislation

Lawmakers often use study committees to develop legislation

INDIANAPOLIS | In addition to the gaming study, Hoosier lawmakers this summer and fall will take a closer look at issues ranging from juvenile justice to digital privacy, and state-based health exchanges to bike trails.

July 20, 2014 12:00 am Related
Most lawmakers in tune with Chamber of Commerce agenda

Most lawmakers in tune with Chamber of Commerce agenda

INDIANAPOLIS | If you picture the 150 members of the General Assembly as a choir, this year they sang their loudest hosannas for the business-first agenda of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce.

July 04, 2014 8:00 pm Related

Separate Lake E-911 center not lawmakers' intent

INDIANAPOLIS | The plan by Schererville, St. John and Cedar Lake to opt out of Lake County's E-911 network by establishing their own emergency dispatch center is not what state lawmakers had in mind when they authorized two Public Safety Answering Points, or PSAP, per county.

June 15, 2014 12:00 am
Tax cuts boost Indiana's business tax climate rank

Tax cuts boost Indiana's business tax climate rank

INDIANAPOLIS | Indiana is poised to move up two spots on a widely watched ranking of state business tax climates, thanks to the corporate income tax cut and business personal property tax reforms signed into law last month by Gov. Mike Pence.

April 07, 2014 4:52 pm Related
Pence on board with South Shore expansion

Pence on board with South Shore expansion

INDIANAPOLIS | Gov. Mike Pence has put a $4 million exclamation point on years of work by U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Merrillville, in building local support and funding to expand the South Shore Line to Dyer.

March 27, 2014 4:30 pm Photos

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Pence expects business tax cuts to produce new jobs

GREENWOOD, Ind. | Gov. Mike Pence signed into law a package of business tax cuts Tuesday that's smaller than he originally sought, but which he believes still will lure companies to Indiana and help existing Hoosier employers grow.

March 25, 2014 6:00 pm

South Shore funding took unplanned route through Legislature

INDIANAPOLIS | When the Indiana General Assembly convened 10 weeks ago, no one expected region lawmakers would return with $4 million to help the local match to obtain federal funds for the South Shore Line extension to Dyer.

March 15, 2014 7:00 pm
GOP, Democrats view results of legislative session differently

GOP, Democrats view results of legislative session differently

INDIANAPOLIS | Republican House and Senate leaders, along with Gov. Mike Pence, claimed victory for their legislative agendas Friday, while Democrats despaired that the 2014 Indiana General Assembly didn't do more to improve the lives of everyday Hoosiers.

March 14, 2014 3:30 pm Related

Legislature wraps session with busy final day

INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana General Assembly adjourned for the year late Thursday night, ending a 10-week session dominated initially by the marriage amendment, but concluding with proposals to significantly improve the state's roads, preschool education, criminal code and other matters.

March 13, 2014 9:00 pm

Lawmakers send business tax cut package to Pence

INDIANAPOLIS | The Republican-controlled General Assembly approved a package of business tax cuts, during its final meeting of the year Thursday, that supporters believe will create jobs by making Indiana stand out as a low-tax haven for companies.

March 13, 2014 7:00 pm

Pence signs new law aiding military veterans

INDIANAPOLIS | Gov. Mike Pence signed a measure expanding veteran access to a state relief fund into law Thursday, the first proposal -- out of an expected 200 or so -- he will act on in the next few weeks.

March 13, 2014 1:38 pm

General Assembly preparing to close annual session

INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana General Assembly is planning to adjourn for the year Thursday, but lawmakers still are negotiating the final texts of some four dozen legislative proposals — including a business tax cut, whether to permit guns in school parking lots and funding to expand the South…

March 12, 2014 7:00 pm
Senate rejects plan for minimum wage increase

Senate rejects plan for minimum wage increase

INDIANAPOLIS | An effort by Senate Democrats to require cuts to Indiana's corporate income tax rate be matched by increases in the state's minimum wage was rejected Thursday by the Republican-controlled chamber, 33-15.

February 27, 2014 5:00 pm Related

Senate busts open gated communities for politicians

INDIANAPOLIS | This election year could find more politicians and their supporters visiting residents of gated communities and other neighborhoods that usually restrict door-to-door solicitors.

February 24, 2014 5:30 pm

NWI legislators all back South Shore expansion

INDIANAPOLIS | Northwest Indiana's legislative delegation stands united in supporting expanding the South Shore Line, but members are skeptical the state will play a significant role in extending the commuter train to Dyer -- despite the best efforts of some region lawmakers.

February 09, 2014 6:00 am Related

Senate refuses to give money from Lake tax fix to casino cities, county

INDIANAPOLIS | State Sen. Earline Rogers, D-Gary, was unable to persuade the Senate Monday to let Gary, East Chicago, Hammond and Lake County keep a portion of their casino revenue that could be sent next year to the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority.

February 03, 2014 6:00 pm

Business tax cut plans approved by Senate, House

INDIANAPOLIS | The Republican-controlled chambers of the Indiana General Assembly separately approved competing plans Thursday that both give big tax breaks to Hoosier companies.

January 30, 2014 6:00 pm

Senate committee approves plan for business tax cut

INDIANAPOLIS | A plan to further reduce Indiana's corporate income tax rate and exempt small businesses from the personal property tax was approved 7-2 by a Senate committee Tuesday.

January 21, 2014 7:30 pm Related

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Officials call on Indiana Legislature to fix broken Lake tax break

Officials call on Indiana Legislature to fix broken Lake tax break

CROWN POINT | Lake County is home to a well-meaning, but poorly worded, tax break meant to help its poorest homeowners but enriches their more wealthy neighbors.

January 12, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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