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Indiana narrowly misses monthly revenue goal

Indiana narrowly misses monthly revenue goal

INDIANAPOLIS | Indiana fell $5.2 million short of its July revenue target, ending a four-month streak of better than expected tax collections.

August 13, 2014 12:52 pm Related
Water could become Indiana's best lure for business

Water could become Indiana's best lure for business

INDIANAPOLIS | Northwest Indiana is in good shape when it comes to water supplies, but other areas of the state may face shortages in the next half-century without planning and managing Indiana's water resources.

August 08, 2014 4:00 pm Related
Gaming study may be last chance to save casino industry

Gaming study may be last chance to save casino industry

INDIANAPOLIS | The fate of Indiana's gaming industry and the 14,000 Hoosiers it employs may hinge on decisions made this summer by a small group of state lawmakers.

July 19, 2014 7:00 pm Related
State ends budget year with surplus, despite revenue drop

State ends budget year with surplus, despite revenue drop

INDIANAPOLIS | Indiana took in more money than it spent during the 2014 budget year, even as Republican Gov. Mike Pence's tax cuts dropped total state revenue below the prior year for the first time since the Great Recession.

July 14, 2014 5:30 pm Related
Cost of corruption weighs heavily on state budgets

Cost of corruption weighs heavily on state budgets

Corrupt government officials sometimes pay a hefty personal price for their misdeeds. Just ask former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, whose 2008 attempt to sell President Barack Obama's U.S. Senate seat and shake down a children's hospital earned him 14 years in federal prison.

July 12, 2014 9:30 pm Photos

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Crossing the Line -- Fireworks

Crossing the line separating Indiana and Illinois sometimes means dealing with different laws and customs. Readers are asked to share ideas for this weekly feature. This week: Fireworks.

June 28, 2014 5:56 pm

Second effort to identify outdated voter records underway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

Region schools win state safety grants

INDIANAPOLIS | Many Northwest Indiana school corporations will be getting or keeping a school resource officer this fall, or buying additional school safety equipment -- thanks to a state grant.

June 10, 2014 4:00 pm

Quinn says budget still needs work

CHICAGO | Gov. Pat Quinn said the nearly $36 billion budget state lawmakers sent him still needs work and vowed Tuesday to comb through it before signing off.

June 03, 2014 10:48 pm
Pence sweetens on stimulus as state benefits

Pence sweetens on stimulus as state benefits

INDIANAPOLIS | When it comes to federal spending for Indiana projects, Gov. Mike Pence is discovering the view from his Statehouse desk is a lot different from his old stomping ground in the U.S. House.

June 01, 2014 6:00 pm Video Photos

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Illinois Legislature OKs 'incomplete' 2015 budget

Illinois Legislature OKs 'incomplete' 2015 budget

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. | The Illinois Legislature sent a new state budget to Gov. Pat Quinn on Friday that majority Democrats acknowledge puts off tough decisions about whether to slash spending or find new sources of revenue — including possibly making Illinois' temporary tax increase permanent …

May 30, 2014 12:00 am

House advances $1B capital bill; budget vote looms

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. | After an exceptionally harsh winter that damaged roads and bridges across the state, the Illinois House advanced a plan to fund $1 billion in new transportation projects that could begin as early as this summer.

May 29, 2014 3:46 pm

Illinois budget would mean more money for schools

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. | A spending plan the Illinois House approved this week includes more money for schools, veterans' homes and prisons.

May 16, 2014 3:11 pm

Watchdog group opposes Quinn's proposed budget

CHICAGO | A watchdog group said Tuesday it opposes Gov. Pat Quinn's proposed budget because it would use an income tax hike to give homeowners a property tax refund — new spending the group says should be used instead to significantly pay down Illinois' multibillion-dollar bill backlog.

May 13, 2014 2:21 pm
New jobs fail to boost state income tax revenue

New jobs fail to boost state income tax revenue

INDIANAPOLIS | The improving Indiana job market isn't showing up in state income tax receipts, which last month came in nearly 15 percent below April 2013, despite a 2.8 percent drop in the state's unemployment rate over the past year.

May 09, 2014 2:36 pm Related
Indiana earns top grade for government transparency

Indiana earns top grade for government transparency

INDIANAPOLIS | Indiana leads the nation in state government transparency on a report card issued this week by the nonpartisan U.S. Public Interest Research Group.

April 10, 2014 5:30 pm Related

Business incentives, tax competitiveness focus of state projects

INDIANAPOLIS | Indiana officials will work with national experts in coming months on projects to improve transparency in the state's economic development programs and streamline the tax code.

April 09, 2014 2:22 pm
State revenue recovers in March; still behind for year

State revenue recovers in March; still behind for year

INDIANAPOLIS | While March tax collections beat the state's revenue forecast, Indiana likely still will fall short of its annual revenue target when the 2014 budget year ends in June.

April 04, 2014 9:12 pm Related

Pence's $400M in extra state road funds to bypass region

INDIANAPOLIS | Northwest Indiana will not directly benefit from the road funding legislation signed by Gov. Mike Pence last week in Valparaiso.

April 03, 2014 5:55 pm

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
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