Indiana didn’t collect as much revenue as predicted in May, due in part to individual income tax collections that came in well below expectations. Still, the state is ahead of projections overall.
The state’s revenue collections last month were nearly 7% below the most recent forecast. While sales tax collections in May were better than expected, individual income tax collections were off by more than 22% from the forecast.
When the Lafayette Park Board voted in January to close the municipal golf course, there were no future plans for the site. Now, seven firms have come forward to show interest in making the property an asset to the Greater Lafayette area. The Wabash River Enhancement Corporation board received potential project plans Thursday morning.
Executive Director Stan Lambert says the companies are well known and have done quality work with other developments. However, he thinks working with a riverfront project is unique.
State leaders are calling a program to put former inmates to work a success. The Hoosier Initiative for Re-Entry – or HIRE – is a cooperative effort between the state departments of workforce development and correction, along with Indiana businesses.
Of the more than 20,000 people released from Indiana prisons each year, the Department of Correction reports 36% return to prison within three years. The recidivism rate climbs to 60% if the person is unemployed. The HIRE program was created last year to provide inmates a path to the workforce.