The next showdown between the state and local governments over the business personal property tax will be at a blue ribbon commission studying the issue this summer.
Legislation passed this year allows local governments to either exempt new equipment from the business personal property tax, eliminate it on small businesses or abate the tax on specific projects for up to 20 years. It also created a study committee to examine the business personal property tax.
Indiana added more private sector jobs -- 10,000 of them -- last month than any other June on record.
Indiana Department of Workforce Development spokesman Joe Frank says every major industry sector experienced growth.
Frank says manufacturing – the sector the state is most known for – has been one of the key drivers of the job growth.
"Our growth in the manufacturing sector since July 2009 -- the low point of employment in the state -- we've grown 77,800 manufacturing jobs," Frank says. "That's the second-largest increase in the nation."
At least one lobbying group remains hot that the beer its members can sell can’t be cold.
The Indiana Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association Tuesday announced it would continue to seek changes to the state‘s alcohol laws.
The group has filed an appeal in federal court and a lawsuit in state court that claims Indiana alcohol laws violates the 14th Amendment equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution by restricting convenience, grocery and pharmacy stores to selling beer only at room temperature.
The Executive Director of the Indiana Tourism Association, Carrie Lambert, visited the Lafayette Area Friday while on a statewide tour of local tourism bureaus.
WBAA's Stan Jastrzebski met with Lambert and with Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette President Jo Wade at Wolf Park in Battle Ground to talk about what the local tourism push is doing well and what hurdles it faces from state and local leaders.