Eric Holcomb

Holcomb Names New State Veterans Affairs Director

Jan 18, 2019

Gov. Eric Holcomb has named a new director for the state’s Department of Veterans Affairs. This comes after the resignation of the former director following complaints about misuse of military relief dollars at the agency.

Gov. Eric Holcomb wants to free up $140 million for schools over the next two years as a way to potentially boost teacher pay.

Re-Elected Statewide Officers Sworn In For New Terms

Jan 15, 2019

Indiana’s secretary of state, auditor and treasurer were sworn into office Monday. All three women won re-election bids in November.

State Budget Director Jason Dudich, left, and Office of Management and Budget Director Micah Vincent, right, present Gov. Eric Holcomb's proposed budget. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

State policymakers will have more new money in the upcoming two-year state budget than many previously thought.

Gov. Eric Holcomb answers Indiana Farm Bureau President Randy Kron's questions about issues impacting the Hoosier agriculture industry. (Samantha Horton/IPB News)
Samantha Horton

Indiana Farm Bureau hosted its legislative kickoff Wednesday bringing together organization members and legislators. Some of the priorities this session include rural school funding, insuring deployment of expanded broadband, tax values, hemp, confined feeding and township government.

UK Packaging Company DS Smith Breaks Ground In Lebanon

Jan 4, 2019
State and local officials along with DS Smith representatives break ground Friday for the UK packaging company's new facility in Lebanon. (Samantha Horton/IPB News)
Samantha Horton

A UK packaging company has announced plans to build a new facility in Lebanon. DS Smith produces paper and plastic packaging for companies including John Deere and Hershey.

Lawmakers Face Tight Budget After New Revenue Forecast

Dec 17, 2018
State fiscal analysts present the State Budget Committee with a new revenue forecast. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

A new state revenue forecast gave lawmakers good news and bad news Monday. The good news: Indiana will have more than $800 million in new money for the next state budget.

(Left to right) Fulcrum President and CEO Jim Macias, Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, and Gov. Eric Holcomb celebrate Fulcrum's  announcement. (Samantha Horton/IPB News)
Samantha Horton

The saying “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” well defines Fulcrum Bioenergy's business. In the next few years, Gary, Indiana, will be home to a new facility planning to turn trash into biofuel.

Holcomb To Push For Short- And Long-term Teacher Raises

Dec 12, 2018

Gov. Eric Holcomb says he wants to raise teacher salaries in the long and the short term. Last week, Holcomb drew criticism after saying he may delay the issue until 2021. 

"We’ve got to identify hundreds of millions of dollars and the means to get it into teacher paychecks," Holcomb says, "It's going to require a multi-budget effort and I'm committed to addressing the short-term and solving the long-term issue at hand."

Holcomb Outlines Public Health Priorities

Dec 7, 2018

Gov. Eric Holcomb says his public health priorities in this 2019 agenda will focus on children and families. A plan to improve the state's the child welfare system is at the top of the list.