Indiana

State Tax Revenues Continue Slump In November

Dec 11, 2017

 

Indiana tax revenues continued their slump last month as the state nears the halfway point of its current fiscal year.

Indiana took in $13 million less in taxes than expected in November, which puts the state nearly $150 million below target through five months of the fiscal year.

The state has yet to exceed expectations for a single month in that period.

Araceli Gomez-Aldana

The Office of the Attorney General’s Mobile Operations Center traveled to various counties Monday and Tuesday helping Hoosiers freeze their credit in the wake of the recent security breach at credit reporting agency Equifax.

 

The Center for Public Intergrity

The Center for Public Integrity released a report Monday that grades state government accountability and transparency, and Indiana received a D-.

Census Data: Fort Wayne, Indy Add Residents

May 21, 2015
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The City of Fort Wayne grew again last year, according to new population data released by the U.S. Census Thursday.

The numbers show Fort Wayne’s population rose by 1,650 residents last year, continuing the growth trend the metro has experienced since 2010.

The city is the 77th largest in the United States by population.

Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

State lawmakers are pushing legislation that would create a financial literacy curriculum for the state, encouraging schools to teach skills such as investing, balancing a checkbook, and applying for loans. 

Supporters of the legislation say students are graduating high school without basic financial skills.

Greenwood Republican Senator Brent Waltz says that’s not a new problem.

The fears of opponents of Indiana’s Right to Work law appear to be bolstered by statistics showing a significant decrease in the state’s union membership since 2011.  But leaders on both sides of the debate say Right to Work likely had little effect.

Union membership in Indiana dropped about 20% from 2011 to 2012, just as Indiana’s Right to Work law, which prohibits union contracts that require workers to pay dues for representation, went into effect. 

Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Legislation aimed at helping Indiana gaming facilities compete with other states and bolster struggling attendance cleared its first legislative hurdle Wednesday.

Legislation unanimously approved by the Senate Public Policy committee adds mobile gaming devices to off-track betting sites and eliminates taxes on free-play coupons.  It also allows live-dealer games in racetrack casinos, something the bill’s author, Crawfordsville Republican Senator Phil Boots, says will boost job creation.

Pence gives his first "State of the State" address

Jan 23, 2013

Fiscal restraint was the theme Tuesday night as Governor Mike Pence delivered his first State of the State address to the Indiana General Assembly.

Pence took to the podium with the goal of convincing legislators and Hoosiers across the state, that a 10-percent income tax cut is a fiscally responsible move.

Pence says because the state is bringing in more than it spends, it can leave some of that money in Hoosiers’ pockets.

If job creation is priority No. 1 for lawmakers this session, job placement for veterans seems to be priority 1-A, with new legislation aimed at getting servicemembers back to work.

The unemployment rate for younger veterans – those of the post 9/11 era – is considerably higher than the rate for average Hoosiers. 

Kyle Stokes / StateImpact Indiana

Ball State President Jo Ann Gora says the state’s funding formula for higher education unfairly favors some schools over others.

Gora says the state’s performance funding system is a one-size-fits-all structure that favors large and growing campuses.  She says schools like Ball State – which Gora believes has focused on quality, rather than quantity – are penalized. 

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