Jeff Espich en IN House Ways and Means leadership changing <p>Following the retirement of its two longtime leaders, the House Ways and Means committee will look significantly different when the Indiana General Assembly begins its session in January.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Between them, representatives Jeff Espich (R-Uniondale) and Bill Crawford (D-Indianapolis) had 80 years of legislative experience.&nbsp; The two men led the House Ways and Means Committee when their party was in control.&nbsp; But both are retiring this year.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 12 Nov 2012 14:01:00 +0000 Brandon Smith 22913 at State Budget Committee examines IN Dept of Revenue <p>In the wake of two separate mistakes that caused more than $500 million in tax dollars to be misplaced, Governor Mitch Daniels ordered an independent audit of the state Department of Revenue.&nbsp; At a meeting Monday, the state budget committee could make its recommendation as to who will conduct the audit.</p> Mon, 04 Jun 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Brandon Smith 13529 at Full Day Kindergarten, State Fair stage collapse victims could receive more money <p>&nbsp;</p><p>It will be more difficult to trigger an automatic taxpayer refund under a bill passed by the General Assembly on its final day of session.&nbsp;</p><p>With a strong fiscal year to date and revenue forecasts predicting a steady finish, Indiana appears likely headed for a taxpayer refund this year.&nbsp; As a result, lawmakers made few changes affecting this year&rsquo;s refund.</p> Sat, 10 Mar 2012 19:43:42 +0000 Brandon Smith 9243 at IN lawmakers propose changes to the inheritance tax <p>Two bills making their way through the General Assembly this session would make changes to the state&rsquo;s inheritance tax, and its elimination may be the ultimate result.</p> Mon, 20 Feb 2012 17:09:59 +0000 Brandon Smith 8196 at Lawmakers grapple over when Hoosier taxpayers receive refund <p>An Indiana House committee made changes to a Senate bill Thursday dealing with the state&rsquo;s automatic taxpayer refund trigger.&nbsp;</p><p>The current trigger for an automatic taxpayer refund is 10% of the state budget. That currently equals about $1.4 billion.&nbsp; The Senate bill raises the trigger after this year to about $2 billion, which is about 15% of the state budget.&nbsp; House Ways and Means committee chair Jeff Espich (R-Uniondale) says he&rsquo;s open to the concept of raising the threshold.</p> Fri, 17 Feb 2012 13:50:02 +0000 Brandon Smith 8059 at IN's "found money" could benefit State Fair victims, full-day kindergarten <p>A bill in the Indiana Senate would boost compensation to State Fair stage collapse victims and give more money to full-day kindergarten.&nbsp; The money comes from recently-discovered state revenues.</p><p>The bill would distribute $5 million among the victims on top of the $5 million already disbursed through the state&rsquo;s tort claim fund.&nbsp; The money would be given to the estates of those who died and fully-reimburse the medical expenses submitted by the other victims.</p> Fri, 17 Feb 2012 13:45:59 +0000 Brandon Smith 8057 at