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4:18 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Depending Who's Asked, State Tax Caps Will Cost Or Save $600 Million This Year

Local taxing units say more change is still needed from lawmakers at the Statehouse.
Credit Jim Nix / https://www.flickr.com/photos/jimnix/6168273244

The latest numbers given to a study committee of Indiana lawmakers say the state’s property tax caps are worth about $600 million – either for taxpayers or for the state’s coffers.

But the analysis also shows urban areas have been disproportionately hit by the effects of the decreased revenue – despite the fact the tax caps were enacted after residents in some cities, particularly Indianapolis, complained their taxes were rising too quickly.

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Government
4:05 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Attorney General Zoeller Looks To Consumer Complaints For Legislative Suggestions

Zoeller will primarily ask the Indiana General Assembly to crack down on scammers.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Attorney General Greg Zoeller plans to tackle some of Indiana’s top consumer complaints with his legislative proposals for the 2015 session. 

The Attorney General’s office received nearly 1,000 complaints about home repair or construction scams last year, the third-largest consumer complaint category. 

Attorney General Greg Zoeller says he’s proposing legislation that would establish a voluntary registration system for what he calls the “good actors” – contractors who put up a bond with the AG’s office.

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Government
12:55 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Ask The Mayor: Crawfordsville's Todd Barton

The mayor says he's trying to balance a push for more vocational education with the need for more residents with four-year degrees.
Credit courtesy Crawfordsville mayor's office

Some questions asked of the mayor this week:

You recently got back an assessment from a company in South Carolina assessing how ready the county is for economic development. Tell me your initial impressions of what the report says.

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Government
12:55 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Indiana About To Move Gun Permitting Online

The state expects to save $124,000 annually because of the move.
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Starting next month, applications for gun permits go online.

Lieutenant Mike Rogers says the new online application will speed the processing of the more than 100,000 applications State Police receive each year.

And he says it‘ll save the state $124,000 dollars a year by eliminating most of the need for costly hearings to resolve discrepancies in criminal history or other elements of the application.

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Government
2:12 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Ask The Mayor: Frankfort's Chris McBarnes

The mayor talks about the changing face of his city's roads, business sector and blighted neighborhoods.
Credit City of Frankfort

Some questions for the mayor this week:

Shortly after we spoke last month about the city’s plans to possibly demolish blighted buildings, the state announced another round of funding to cities trying to do exactly that. Is Frankfort getting any of that cash?

You’re getting set to knock down your first home following the creation of the Hearing Authority, right?

You and I also talked last month about INDOT’s plan to rehab SR 28 leading into town and you said you thought it was on the near horizon. How quickly do you think that will start in earnest?

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