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Several of Indiana’s Congressional Representatives are once again co-sponsoring legislation that would repeal the Medical Device Tax.

Several Indiana companies have been pushing for a repeal of the tax that took effect in 2013.

Congress passed a two-year suspension of the 2.3 percent excise tax at the end of 2015.

But Indiana medical device manufacturers are still operating with a level of uncertainty about what will happen beyond that.

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Crawfordsville's mayor plans to create a more localized economic development board after nixing an agreement between the city and a group that had been tasked with promoting it.

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Indiana residents will now officially be known as “Hoosiers” in all printed federal government documents. 

Holcomb's Budget Proposes Modest Education Increase

Jan 10, 2017

 

The Holcomb administration’s proposed budget, as presented to lawmakers, contains only a modest increase in education spending.

Gov. Eric Holcomb proposes $280 million in new money for K-12 education over the next two years – a 1 percent increase in the budget’s first year, and a 2 percent increase in the second year.

Office of Management and Budget Director Micah Vincent says that the governor’s proposed budget is just the starting point in the budget process. And he notes it also keeps reserve levels of at least $1.8 billion.

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Indiana Senate Republicans rolled out their legislative agenda Tuesday.

Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports, the caucus’ top priorities include a long-term road funding plan, replacing the ISTEP test and addressing vaping liquid regulations.

On road funding, Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) says debate will center on the type and level of tax and fee increases necessary to cover current costs.

In education, the Senate GOP wants to replace the state’s ISTEP test, as does every other caucus.

Appeals Court Rules For Pence In Open Records Suit

Jan 9, 2017

 

The Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Monday that former Gov. Mike Pence did not have to disclose certain documents related to challenging President Obama’s immigration orders.

Pence, using outside counsel, joined in a 2014 Texas lawsuit challenging President Obama’s executive orders on immigration. Indianapolis attorney William Groth filed a request under Indiana’s Access to Public Records Act, or APRA, to view communications and documents related to that decision.

Tax Revenues Better After Forecast Changes Targets

Jan 6, 2017

Indiana’s tax collections are just above the most recent forecast through half of the fiscal year.

Indiana’s most recent revenue forecast – which came out mid-December – is already having a positive impact on the state’s overall tax collection picture.

FBI Agents Raid Muncie City Hall

Jan 5, 2017
Tony Sandleben / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents spent three hours Thursday morning in Muncie, searching an office in City Hall. 

Agents searching the city’s Building Commissioner’s office were part of the Bureau's public corruption unit. 

Muncie city attorney Megan Quirk says city officials did not receive an official copy of the federal search warrant when agents arrived around 9:00 a.m., despite asking for the document. 

Quirk was given an envelope of documents when the FBI finished its search and left the building.

House GOP Rolls Out Road Funding Plan

Jan 4, 2017

 

House Republicans unveiled their road funding proposal and the proposed first steps would cover less than half of the state’s needs.

House Speaker Brian Bosma says Indiana needs an average of about $1.2 billion a year over the next 20 years for its roads. His caucus’ plan would immediately raise all fuel taxes by 10 cents to begin working toward that goal. Bosma says the House GOP plan would also create a new $15 annual fee on all vehicles.

“So, adding the registration fee and the gas tax – for the average Hoosier, $5 per month,” Bosma says.

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Allen County Auditor Tera Klutz was named the next state auditor by Gov.-elect Eric Holcomb Monday.

The newly appointed statewide officer was announced at a press conference in Fort Wayne.

Klutz was named Indiana’s next chief financial officer because of a vacancy left by the state’s current auditor. Suzanne Crouch, who currently holds the position, was named the next lieutenant governor.

Holcomb says he chose Klutz to replace Crouch because they have both worked to increase government transparency in their respective offices.

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