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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




'Impossible' to cut Calumet Twp. tax rate, official says

INDIANAPOLIS | A Calumet Township official told a legislative panel Tuesday it is "impossible" for the township to reduce its tax rate enough to avoid new state sanctions.

December 03, 2013 6:24 pm
Pence orders cuts in Calumet Township spending

Pence orders cuts in Calumet Township spending

INDIANAPOLIS | Griffith leaders were ecstatic Friday after Republican Gov. Mike Pence signed into law mandatory reductions in Calumet Township spending and a path for Griffith to exit the township if its excessive spending continues.

May 10, 2013 5:02 pm Related

Black lawmakers seek veto on Calumet Twp. spending limits

INDIANAPOLIS | Northwest Indiana's black state lawmakers want Gov. Mike Pence to veto legislation that would force Calumet Township to reduce its administrative spending and potentially enable Griffith to leave the township.

April 22, 2013 2:32 pm Related


Plan capping Calumet Twp. spending headed to governor

INDIANAPOLIS | It took six years of explaining, arguing and working around legislative roadblocks, but Griffith is now just a few pen strokes away from having a path to exit Calumet Township.

April 18, 2013 7:30 pm Related
Pence signs six laws championed by region legislators

Pence signs six laws championed by region legislators

INDIANAPOLIS | Republican Gov. Mike Pence has signed 25 proposals approved by the General Assembly into law over the past two weeks, including six measures primarily sponsored by Northwest Indiana legislators. 

April 07, 2013 10:22 pm Related

Senate OKs limits on Calumet Twp. spending, gives Griffith chance to leave

INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana Senate has approved legislation, long sought by Griffith residents, limiting Calumet Township spending and giving Griffith a chance to leave the township if spending continues at current levels.

April 04, 2013 7:00 pm Related


Senators back Griffith, refuse to change plan limiting Calumet Twp. spending

INDIANAPOLIS | If some day Griffith succeeds in separating from Calumet Township, no one can say state Sen. Earline Rogers, D-Gary, didn't try to stop it from happening.

April 02, 2013 6:00 pm Related


Senate panel restores chance for Griffith to leave Calumet Twp.

INDIANAPOLIS | Griffith has won back the chance to leave Calumet Township, but only if the township fails to reduce spending on its own next year and a subsequent state takeover also fails.

March 26, 2013 12:52 pm

Senate panel halts Griffith bid to leave Calumet Township

INDIANAPOLIS | The possibility of Griffith leaving Calumet Township and joining another faded significantly Wednesday after a Senate committee substituted new limits on township poor relief spending for House-approved Griffith separation legislation.

March 13, 2013 3:39 pm

Senate sends several region-sponsored proposals to governor

INDIANAPOLIS | The Senate passed several House-approved legislative proposals sponsored by Northwest Indiana lawmakers Tuesday that are now headed to Gov. Mike Pence for his signature or veto. They include:

March 12, 2013 3:50 pm

Senate panel delays hearing on Griffith-Cal Twp. separation

INDIANAPOLIS | A Statehouse hearing on legislation that could enable Griffith to leave Calumet Township and join another township was postponed due to Tuesday's region snowstorm.

March 06, 2013 6:30 pm Related


Griffith-Calumet Twp. showdown near

INDIANAPOLIS | A House-approved proposal that could enable Griffith to separate from Calumet Township will be among the first measures considered by an Indiana Senate committee during the second half of this legislative session.

March 03, 2013 8:19 pm Related


House backs referendum on Griffith leaving Calumet Township

INDIANAPOLIS | Griffith is halfway toward winning legislative permission to hold a referendum on whether to leave Calumet Township and join another Lake County township.

February 12, 2013 8:00 pm Related


House approves Niemeyer's township gov't reform bill

INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana House voted 96-0 Monday to approve the first legislative proposal sponsored by new state Rep. Rick Niemeyer, R-Lowell.

February 11, 2013 5:30 pm Related


Griffith's attempt to leave Cal Twp. advances

INDIANAPOLIS | Griffith's latest attempt to divorce itself from Calumet Township cleared its first legislative hurdle Tuesday.

February 05, 2013 10:15 pm Related


Niemeyer still looking out for townships from new Statehouse perch

INDIANAPOLIS | Using the power of his new job to improve the work product of his old one, state Rep. Rick Niemeyer, R-Lowell, won committee approval Thursday for a proposal changing the meeting date for consideration of a mandatory township report.

January 31, 2013 5:45 pm Related


EDITORIAL: Calumet Twp. is poster child for reform

Most of Indiana's 1,008 townships have such small budgets and low visibility that many people don't even know what township they live in, much less what the township government's responsibilities are. And then there are statistical outliers like Lake County's Calumet Township.

January 13, 2013 12:00 am
Statehouse interest in local government reform fading

Statehouse interest in local government reform fading

INDIANAPOLIS | The effort to reform local government in Indiana, prompted in part by a 2007 bipartisan report that recommended eliminating townships and making other changes, appears headed for the dustbin of history.

December 02, 2012 12:00 am Related

Ind. Chamber of Commerce skeptical of Pence's tax cut plan

INDIANAPOLIS | The state's most powerful business organization on Monday added its voice to the chorus of legislative leaders skeptical that Indiana can afford the 10 percent income tax cut proposed by Republican Gov.-elect Mike Pence.

November 19, 2012 12:51 pm
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