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GUEST COMMENTARY: Porter County doesn't need another tax

GUEST COMMENTARY: Porter County doesn't need another tax

Recently, the Porter County Board of Commissioners announced they intend to increase the Cumulative Capital Development tax rate. They have also just announced they intend to form a county drainage board with the primary objective of instituting a new tax to address various needed storm wate…

August 17, 2014 12:00 am

County government at odds over proposed tax increase

VALPARAISO | The Porter County Board of Commissioners is seeking to raise to the maximum level one of the tax rates used to fund county government.

July 06, 2014 12:00 am

Second effort to identify outdated voter records underway

INDIANAPOLIS | Secretary of State Connie Lawson has identified 727,000 potentially inaccurate voter registration records across Indiana.

June 19, 2014 7:00 pm

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

Indiana voter registration deadline is Monday

INDIANAPOLIS | Secretary of State Connie Lawson is reminding Hoosiers that Monday is the deadline for potential voters to register ahead of next month's primary election.

April 01, 2014 11:00 am

Brown effort may give Lake Council control of tourism spending

INDIANAPOLIS | State Rep. Charlie Brown, D-Gary, has proven once again that anything is possible at the Indiana General Assembly until the moment the annual legislative session is gaveled closed.

February 28, 2014 4:45 pm

Fight brewing over who gets $4M from Lake tax credit fix

INDIANAPOLIS | Nine Northwest Indiana Democratic state lawmakers decided Tuesday they will fight to return the $4 million expected to be saved by closing a Lake County tax loophole to the county and the three casino cities that generate the revenue.

February 11, 2014 2:47 pm
The Times Editorial Board agenda for 2014

The Times Editorial Board agenda for 2014

Have you ever wondered about the editorials you see Sunday through Friday on the Opinion page? We'd like to tell you who we are and what our agenda is for 2014.

February 09, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Pelath rips Republicans for ignoring state's 'real issues'

Pelath rips Republicans for ignoring state's 'real issues'

INDIANAPOLIS | House Democratic Leader Scott Pelath, D-Michigan City, is not impressed with the proposals approved so far by the Republican-controlled Indiana General Assembly, which reached the midpoint of its 2014 legislative session Tuesday.

February 04, 2014 7:30 pm

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
Lake County Council won't get say on tourism spending

Lake County Council won't get say on tourism spending

INDIANAPOLIS | A proposal to require the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority have its budget approved by the Lake County Council will not advance out of a House committee prior to Tuesday's deadline.

January 25, 2014 6:00 pm Related

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Competing tax cut plans all pay off big for business

Competing tax cut plans all pay off big for business

INDIANAPOLIS | One year after claiming the lion's share of the largest tax cut in state history, Hoosier businesses likely will win another reduction in their taxes this year, courtesy of the Republican-controlled General Assembly and Republican Gov. Mike Pence.

January 11, 2014 8:00 pm
House GOP will let counties reject Pence business tax cut

House GOP will let counties reject Pence business tax cut

INDIANAPOLIS | Gov. Mike Pence's call to repeal the business personal property tax likely won't have the revenue impact that many local leaders feared once House Republicans get through with it.

January 08, 2014 12:50 pm
Unclear track ahead for South Shore extension

Unclear track ahead for South Shore extension

INDIANAPOLIS | Northwest Indiana lawmakers will have to be creative and quick during the 10-week legislative session that begins Monday if the state is to play a role in extending the South Shore Line into south Lake County.

January 04, 2014 10:30 pm Photos

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New state auditor takes office

New state auditor takes office

INDIANAPOLIS | Former state Rep. Suzanne Crouch, R-Evansville, was sworn in Thursday as Indiana's new state auditor, becoming the third person to hold that post since August.

January 02, 2014 11:30 pm
Tax Court nixes time limit on property tax error claims

Tax Court nixes time limit on property tax error claims

INDIANAPOLIS | Hoosiers who believe they overpaid their property taxes or were improperly denied a tax credit -- in any year since 2000 -- now can ask their county auditor to correct the error.

December 30, 2013 12:30 pm Related
Study finds new criminal code may fail to reduce prison population

Study finds new criminal code may fail to reduce prison population

INDIANAPOLIS | Major changes to Indiana's criminal code, set to take effect July 1, will increase the state's prison population unless prosecutors and judges apply the new, often reduced, advisory sentences for felonies.

December 10, 2013 5:30 pm Related
LaPorte County board opposes Pence tax cut plan

LaPorte County board opposes Pence tax cut plan

INDIANAPOLIS | Gov. Mike Pence's proposal to eliminate the business personal property tax has received a frosty reception from the top elected officials in LaPorte County.

December 09, 2013 4:05 pm Related
Pence plan for business tax cut would hit schools, local governments hard

Pence plan for business tax cut would hit schools, local governments hard

INDIANAPOLIS | Indiana schools and local governments will lose about a sixth of their total property tax revenues if Gov. Mike Pence succeeds in eliminating the business personal property tax.

December 08, 2013 10:30 pm Photos

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