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U.S. education secretary Betsy DeVos weathered a volley of questions this week about a Bloomington, Indiana, private school that receives state-funded vouchers but reserves the right to deny admission or discontinue enrollment to students from lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender families.

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Gov. Mike Pence’s proposed budget, unveiled Thursday, includes increased funding for the Department of Correction and new prison construction.  But, it includes no money for local community corrections.

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Indiana’s tax collections continue to struggle in the early part of the fiscal year. 

Indiana collected about $28 million less in taxes than expected in August, putting the state more than 1.5-percent below projections for the fiscal year that began just two months ago. 

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Indiana is beginning the new fiscal year with tax revenues below projected levels, weighed down by poor performance from corporate tax collections. 

The state struggled through much of the 2014 fiscal year that ended in June, coming in below expectations most of the year before finishing strong. 

But Indiana’s momentum stalled to begin the 2015 fiscal year, with tax collections in July a little more than five million dollars less than expected. 

Amazon begins collecting IN sales tax

Jan 3, 2014

Hoosiers shopping on Amazon.com are now being charged sales taxes on their purchases. The online retailer’s new policy is part of a settlement it made with Indiana back in 2012.

The Indiana-based mall operator Simon Property Group sued Indiana in 2011, saying it was giving Amazon an unequal business advantage by not requiring it to charge sales tax.

Amazon doesn’t collect sales tax in most states. State Budget Director Brian Bailey says the difference between those states and Indiana is that Amazon has four distribution centers here.

State tax revenues are more than $70 million below expectations through the first quarter of the fiscal year. 

Indiana tax revenues are more than 2% below projections for the first three months of the 2014 fiscal year and nearly 1% lower than the same period last year.  Sales tax revenues are $32 million below expectations, while individual income tax revenues fell $26 million short of the mark. 

Indiana tax collections are lagging, more than $65 million below projections in the first two months of the fiscal year.  However, the state budget director says it’s not yet time for serious concern.

Indiana took in $51 million less tax revenue last month than expected, including individual income tax collections that were more than 12% below projected levels.  And that leaves the state more than 3% below where it was this time last year. 

Indiana’s new fiscal year got off to a rough start as state tax revenue collections last month were more than $14 million below projections. 

The first month of the 2014 fiscal year did not meet expectations as Indiana collected 1.4% less in tax revenues than predicted. 

The biggest hit came from individual income tax collections, which were $12 million below expected levels.