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.
The tax on is a levy on business equipment that generates a billion dollars a year for local governments.
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.
Allen County is among the five counties picked to participate in Indiana's pre-K pilot program.
The program provides up to ten million dollars – along with local matching funds – to help low-income four-year-olds attend pre-kindergarten classes. Vouchers would go to families with incomes below 127 percent of the poverty line.
United Way of Allen County was selected to lead the campaign to bring the pilot here, and UWAC Director of Community Impact Jeanne Zehr says the program could serve more than 1,400 children when it’s up and running.
The governor’s office has unveiled a new website aiming to improve transparency and accountability in state government. The site was built to be a one-stop shop for Hoosiers keeping tabs on state agencies’ performance.
New analysis from Indiana University suggests the Hoosier economy is heading in the right direction.
The Leading Index for Indiana – which uses national-level economic data to make predictions about the state’s economy – rose slightly in July. That’s the second monthly increase in a row.
According to Timothy Slaper at the IU Kelley School of Business, the increase comes in part because of a jump in homebuilder sentiment, what he calls the “exhuberant stock market,” and a strong outlook in transportation and logistics.
Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry Friday vetoed a second labor-related ordinance in as many months– this one stating that city police could not require union membership.
The council previously overturned Henry’s veto on ending collective bargaining for the city’s non-public safety workers.
The right-to-work ordinance that would affect police passed along party lines by council last week. The measure was introduced by Republican Councilman Mitch Harper, who said it would help base employment on quality of work.
Every once in a while I wonder if I’ve just been part of a research study that didn’t require consent. Now I know this is a trick of the mind—I know about so many such studies that I’m ready to think I might be involved in one.
Indiana’s private sector sent a June record for job creation. Yet the state’s unemployment rate rose for the first time in a year.
The Hoosier private sector added 10,000 jobs last month, including growth in every major employment sector. The surge was led by the leisure and hospitality and construction sectors, each contributing at least 2,700 new jobs. But the state’s unemployment rate rose two-tenths of a percent to 5.9 percent.