Greg Porter

Indiana finished its most recent fiscal year with more money in reserve than it’s ever had.

General Assembly Passes Two-Year Budget

Apr 25, 2019

Hoosiers now know what the state budget will look like for the next two years. It boosts funding for education, but schools with declining enrollment will still lose money.

The Indiana House Chamber (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

The Indiana House voted on a floor amendment Monday that would create hate crimes protections in state law.

The House Ways and Means Committee debates the Republican caucus's budget proposal. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

House Republican leaders say they’re confident they’ve made a significant education investment in their state budget proposal.

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos recently rolled back Obama-era guidance aimed at preventing schools from disciplining students of color more harshly than their peers, but at least one lawmaker says it likely won’t affect efforts on the issue in the state.

Office of Management and Budget Director Micah Vincent, left, and Indiana Finance Authority COO Jim McGoff discuss the Toll Road lease at the State Budget Commitee. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Lawmakers expressed frustration Tuesday at Gov. Eric Holcomb’s unilateral renegotiation of the Indiana Toll Road lease.

 

House Republicans made a change to their road funding bill that would open a $600 million hole in the next state budget.

The House GOP roads plan, as introduced, would gradually shift all sales tax on fuel dollars from the General Fund to road funding over the next few years.

House Ways and Means chair, Rep. Tim Brown (R-Crawfordsville), offered an amendment, approved by his committee, to make that shift immediate.

Black Hoosiers Could Prove Crucial To A Clinton Primary Win

Apr 18, 2016
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National, state and local representatives were on hand for Monday’s kickoff event for the group African Americans for Hillary, an advocacy organization looking to mobilize the Hoosier State’s black voters. Experts say the campaign’s efforts to reach that particular demographic could prove crucial for the candidate’s success in the Hoosier state.

The Hilary Clinton campaign today trumpeted support from more than 50 African American leaders, from U.S. Representative Andre Carson to a constable in Indianapolis' Center Township.

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Indianapolis' seven African-American legislators are pushing back against a bill to appoint Marion County judges instead of electing them.

The Indiana Black Legislative Caucus charges the proposal would disenfranchise African-American voters and give minorities less representation on the bench.

Sen. Jean Breaux (D-Indianapolis) charges the 14-member commission, with eight partisan appointees and six representatives of bar associations and the judiciary, would be, in her words, "stacked" against minority candidates.

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Income taxes might go down to soften the blow of pushing Indiana’s gas and cigarette taxes up.

A House committee has resurrected Governor Pence's proposed 10-percent tax cut from three years ago.

Pence had to settle for 5-percent then, but Republicans have added the other half as a sweetener to the bill that raises other taxes to pay for road repairs.

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