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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

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

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

Closing Lake tax loophole could net RDA $4M

INDIANAPOLIS | The Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority would get a $4 million budget bump under a plan to fix an income tax break aimed at Lake County's poorest homeowners but claimed by many more.

January 30, 2014 6:30 pm

Tallian honored for supporting small business

INDIANAPOLIS | State Sen. Karen Tallian, D-Ogden Dunes, was honored as a "Small Business Champion" Monday by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce.

November 18, 2013 2:42 pm

Income tax cut in Senate budget but smaller than Pence wants

INDIANAPOLIS | Gov. Mike Pence lauded the Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday for adding an income tax cut to the pending 2014-15 state budget, even though the reduction is less than one-third the size Pence wanted. 

April 04, 2013 8:03 pm

Ritz seeks more funds for remedial classes

INDIANAPOLIS | The state's schools leader asked the Indiana Senate's budget writers Thursday to provide more money for remedial instruction and reduce their focus on student testing.

March 21, 2013 7:00 pm

Region lawmaker to shape state budget

INDIANAPOLIS | For the first time since 2007, a Northwest Indiana lawmaker will play a significant role in deciding how the state spends some $30 billion over the next two years.

March 11, 2013 12:00 am

Pence may use TV ads to pressure Legislature on income tax cut

INDIANAPOLIS | Gov. Mike Pence hasn't ruled out spending his campaign funds on television ads to garner support for a proposed income tax cut the Indiana House refused to include in a two-year state budget plan it approved Tuesday.

February 27, 2013 7:15 pm Related


RICH JAMES: Lake County running out of cheeks to turn

RICH JAMES: Lake County running out of cheeks to turn

If Lake County were a person, he’d probably be a punch-drunk fighter.

February 27, 2013 12:00 am

Region governments lose money under revised gaming proposal

INDIANAPOLIS | Casino tax revenue paid to Northwest Indiana communities would be cut under legislation amended and approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday.

February 14, 2013 6:30 pm
RICH JAMES: Pull the trigger for Lake income tax

RICH JAMES: Pull the trigger for Lake income tax

Since 2007, Lake County governmental units have been in a financial free-fall.

January 30, 2013 12:00 am

EDITORIAL: Kenley's anti-RDA iceberg must melt

No one should have expected smooth sailing when the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority cruised into the State Budget Committee meeting Tuesday, but state Sen. Luke Kenley shouldn't have acted like a self-appointed iceberg, either.

December 07, 2012 12:00 am
Region senator to recommend budget tactics to other states

Region senator to recommend budget tactics to other states

INDIANAPOLIS | A Northwest Indiana state senator has been tapped to help guide states toward responsible budgets.

May 06, 2012 12:00 am

EDITORIAL: Gary's chance to land a new casino

State Sen. Earline Rogers said she will push for a land-based casino in Gary. Well, that's not such a big leap. Just look at any of Northwest Indiana's casinos today, and you'll see they are permanently moored.

December 02, 2011 12:00 am
MARK KIESLING: There's a better solution

MARK KIESLING: There's a better solution

We've all heard the story of the young Dutch boy who used his finger to plug a hole in a leaking dike, which saved his town.

May 01, 2011 12:00 am

EDITORIAL: End roadblocks to regional busing

Public transportation is a vital service to Indiana's citizens. It plays a key role in many facets of life -- getting people from their homes to where the jobs are and to government services such as the courts and health department, reducing pollution and more.

November 26, 2010 12:00 am Related
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