Eric Holcomb

Alcohol Tax Increase Unlikely In 2018 Session

Dec 21, 2017

Indiana’s alcohol excise tax hasn’t changed in 36 years. And the state’s Alcohol Code Revision Commission thinks it should, recommending a 25 percent increase.

But Senate Public Policy Committee Chair Ron Alting (R-Lafayette) says that won’t happen in 2018.

DCS Chief, Holcomb Disagree On Agency Funding Levels

Dec 18, 2017


Indiana Department of Child Services Director Mary Beth Bonaventura says the well-being of Hoosier children has been put at risk because of steps taken by Governor Eric Holcomb’s administration.

Bonaventura’s sharp criticisms came in her resignation letter, delivered to Holcomb last week.

Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Wednesday the creation of a parental leave policy for state employees.

The new policy, open to all parents, will allow them to take up to four weeks paid leave within six months of the birth or adoption of a child.

Holcomb says the move is aimed at supporting families and ensuring the health of employees’ children.

“This is going to be centered on doing all that we can to recruit and retain the best state employee workforce that any state can boast,” Holcomb says.

Lawmakers Focus On STEM Education For 2018

Nov 27, 2017

Science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, has received a lot of attention at the statehouse lately, and that means the 2018 legislative session could bring major shifts for STEM education throughout the state.

House Education Committee chair Rep. Bob Behning (R-Indianapolis) says he plans to push for more math and science professionals teaching at the elementary school level.

Gov. Holcomb Pardons Six Ex-offenders

Nov 21, 2017

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb this week issued six pardons for ex-offenders.

The governor, with recommendations from a state board, considered 21 applications from ex-offenders looking for a pardon – which strikes felony charges from their record.

The six men chosen were convicted of crimes like theft, attempted fraud, and battery. But they have since become pastors, barbers and motivational speakers.

All six served their sentences more than ten years ago.

Holcomb spokesperson Stephanie Wilson says the criteria for receiving a pardon is rigorous.

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A group of West Lafayette elementary school students who’ve spent years lobbying lawmakers to honor a state insect just got a powerful ally.

Governor Eric Holcomb says he’ll join them in advocating for the Say’s Firefly once the 2018 legislative session starts in January.

Governor Holcomb Unveils 2018 Agenda

Nov 8, 2017

Gov. Eric Holcomb wants to create new levels of bureaucracy to better align workforce needs with education and training. Those new levels would replace failed versions created during the Pence administration.

Holcomb Heads To India On Trade Mission

Oct 27, 2017

Gov. Eric Holcomb left for a week-long trade mission to India Friday. The country has deep ties to the Hoosier information technology and manufacturing sectors, and thousands of Indian students attend college here.

Holcomb will meet India-based executives for Hoosier companies like Cummins, which is also a major employer of skilled Indian workers on visas.

A national nonprofit is partnering with Indiana to improve high-speed internet access for schools across Indiana during the next two years.

The focus will be on 30 schools that lack high-speed fiber connections. There will also be assistance for school districts to apply for federal grants to improve broadband infrastructure or increase classroom Wi-Fi access.

The organization EducationSuperHighway, a San Francisco-based nonprofit working to bring internet access to U.S. classrooms, will also help local schools negotiate lower rates with internet providers.

Rep. Lloyd Arnold (R-Boonville) will leave his southern Indiana seat to become the new head of law enforcement at the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

Gov. Eric Holcomb announced the appointment Wednesday. Arnold replaces Danny East, who left DNR last month.

The Republican lawmaker previously served in the U.S. Army, the Indiana National Guard, and as a reserve sheriff’s deputy. He also worked for Toyota in Princeton and for the Orange County Economic Development Partnership.