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Pence tax conference focuses on simplification

INDIANAPOLIS | Gov. Mike Pence enthusiastically embraced the mantra of tax simplification that participants attending his tax conference Tuesday claimed is urgently needed in Indiana.

June 24, 2014 12:51 pm
February state revenue badly misses mark

February state revenue badly misses mark

INDIANAPOLIS | Gov. Mike Pence on Friday blamed brutal winter weather for February's dismal state revenue results, but that didn't placate the Indiana Senate's budget leader who sees repeated monthly revenue shortfalls as a worrying trend.

March 07, 2014 5:30 pm Related
RICH JAMES: Legislature rejecting Pence's wish list

RICH JAMES: Legislature rejecting Pence's wish list

The Republican-controlled Indiana General Assembly and Gov. Mike Pence aren’t on the same page.

February 26, 2014 12:00 am

Preschool politics makes for strange bedfellows

INDIANAPOLIS | Senate Republicans stood by their decision to gut Republican Gov. Mike Pence's proposal for a preschool voucher program, even as Senate Democrats repeatedly tried Monday to piece it back together.

February 24, 2014 6:15 pm

Senate panel chops another Pence priority

INDIANAPOLIS | State Sen. Luke Kenley, R-Noblesville, has scaled back another of Republican Gov. Mike Pence's pricey plans, this time halving Pence's proposal to immediately spend $400 million set aside last year for long-term road construction projects.

February 20, 2014 5:45 pm

Republican senators squash Pence plan for preschool vouchers

INDIANAPOLIS | The Republican-controlled Senate Education Committee gutted a top priority on Gov. Mike Pence's legislative agenda Wednesday, one week after the Republican governor personally asked the panel for their support.

February 19, 2014 4:30 pm
School leaders mull what happens after takeover

School leaders mull what happens after takeover

GARY | The verdict is still out on whether a private management company is operating Gary Roosevelt any better than the Gary Community School Corp. did.

February 16, 2014 7:45 pm
RICH JAMES: GOP smart to rein in Pence's tax plan

RICH JAMES: GOP smart to rein in Pence's tax plan

Just four days into the 2014 legislative session and we already have three business personal property tax-cut proposals on the table.

January 12, 2014 12:00 am

Indiana Senate eyes different business tax cut

INDIANAPOLIS | Hoosier businesses would see their state income tax rate fall 1 percent to 6.5 percent this year and drop to 4.9 percent by 2019, under a tax cutting plan unveiled Thursday by the budget leaders of the Republican-controlled Senate.

January 09, 2014 7:30 pm Related

Budget officials lower Indiana revenue expectations

INDIANAPOLIS | Indiana remains on track to take in more money than it spends over the next 18 months, even after state budget officials on Friday reduced their 2014-15 revenue expectations by $297.7 million.

December 20, 2013 6:15 pm Related
BRIAN HOWEY: Health care amidst amber waves of grain

BRIAN HOWEY: Health care amidst amber waves of grain

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence achieved a bureaucratic goal Tuesday when the Obama administration signed off on a one-year extension of a federal waiver for the Healthy Indiana Plan.

September 08, 2013 12:00 am

State budget contains offer to settle Gary schools lawsuit

INDIANAPOLIS | The state budget approved April 27 by the Indiana General Assembly contains, as expected, appropriations for every state agency to carry out its work over the next two years.

May 06, 2013 12:00 am
General Assembly wraps session distinguished by cooperative tone

General Assembly wraps session distinguished by cooperative tone

INDIANAPOLIS | Hands were shaken, hugs were shared and state lawmakers, who spent the past four months passionately opposing each other in great and small policy debates, were all smiles Saturday morning after House Speaker Brian Bosma gaveled out the 2013 Indiana General Assembly.

April 27, 2013 4:30 pm Related

Indiana budget plan cuts taxes by $1.1 billion

INDIANAPOLIS | Despite polls showing Hoosiers want Indiana to invest more in education, roads and other state services, the Republican-controlled General Assembly is poised to enact the largest package of tax cuts in state history.

April 25, 2013 7:27 pm
Pence sure income tax cut will create jobs

Pence sure income tax cut will create jobs

INDIANAPOLIS | Gov. Mike Pence is certain reducing Indiana's personal income tax rate will create jobs, despite the doubts of legislative leaders and the increase in unemployment that followed distribution of the state's automatic taxpayer refund.

April 20, 2013 11:30 pm Related

Eight NWI lawmakers to decide on thaw of Lake levy freeze

INDIANAPOLIS | Eight state lawmakers from Lake and Porter counties, along with two senators from outside the region, have been tapped to decide whether the General Assembly lifts the Lake County property tax levy freeze.

April 18, 2013 7:16 pm Related

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Pence may accept delayed implementation of income tax cut

INDIANAPOLIS | Moments after delivering a "no compromises" defense of his proposed income tax cut, Republican Gov. Mike Pence hinted Wednesday he's willing to implement the reduction over several years instead of the two years he promised on the campaign trail.

April 17, 2013 6:15 pm
Pence backing off fight for tax cut

Pence backing off fight for tax cut

INDIANAPOLIS | Gov. Mike Pence received the optimistic state revenue forecast he's been counting on since January to show Indiana can afford his $500 million income tax cut, but instead of celebrating, Pence seemed more interested in compromising.

April 16, 2013 4:30 pm Related

GUEST COMMENTARY: Downstate Republicans want Lake to implement tax

Bravo to Rich James for his April 10 column. James exposed the two Republican members of the Lake County Council (Eldon Strong and Republican County Chairman Dan Dernulc) for playing politics with the Local Option Income Tax.

April 14, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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EDITORIAL: House shifts blame, doesn't solve problem

One of the selling points, though not the only one, for enacting a local income tax in Lake County is to thaw the property tax levy that has been frozen by the state Legislature since 2007. Wednesday's action in the Indiana House of Representatives muddied the waters but didn't build a bridg…

April 12, 2013 12:00 am
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