Gov. Mike Pence http://wfpl.org en Indiana Gay Marriage Amendment Clears Senate Panel http://wfpl.org/post/indiana-gay-marriage-amendment-clears-senate-panel An Indiana Senate committee has approved a controversial proposal to write a gay marriage ban into the state constitution.<p> The Republican-led measure passed the Senate Rules Committee Monday by a vote of 8-4. It now goes to the full Senate.<p> The measure cleared the House last month after language was removed that would have banned civil unions.<p> Gov. Mon, 10 Feb 2014 23:31:33 +0000 Rick Howlett & Associated Press 8541 at http://wfpl.org Indiana Gay Marriage Amendment Clears Senate Panel Gov. Mike Pence Pitches Agenda to Indiana Lawmakers http://wfpl.org/post/gov-mike-pence-pitches-agenda-indiana-lawmakers Indiana Gov. Mike Pence hopes a broad agenda tackling issues from taxes and education to adoption and road construction strikes a chord with Republicans who lead the Statehouse.<p> The governor pitched his second-year agenda to a joint session of the House and Senate during his annual State of the State address Tuesday night.<p> Pence's address largely recapped items he's rolled out in recent weeks, including cuts to taxes on business property and money for low-income children to attend the preschool of their choice. Wed, 15 Jan 2014 03:46:43 +0000 Tom LoBianco | Associated Press 8242 at http://wfpl.org Gov. Mike Pence Pitches Agenda to Indiana Lawmakers Gay Marriage, Taxes Top Agenda for Indiana General Assembly http://wfpl.org/post/gay-marriage-taxes-top-agenda-indiana-general-assembly Indiana lawmakers have begun the 2014 General Assembly.<p> The House and Senate began work Tuesday afternoon, following a one-day delay because of the heavy snow and subzero temperatures that hit the state.<p> The weather still kept many lawmakers from getting to the Capitol. Wed, 08 Jan 2014 03:23:06 +0000 Rick Howlett & Associated Press 8161 at http://wfpl.org Gay Marriage, Taxes Top Agenda for Indiana General Assembly Indiana Jobless Rate Drops to Pre-Recession Level http://wfpl.org/post/indiana-jobless-rate-drops-pre-recession-level <p>Indiana's unemployment rate has dropped to 7.5 percent, marking its lowest level since late 2008 as the recession deepened.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Figures released Friday by the state Department of Workforce Development show Indiana's jobless rate fell three-tenths of a percentage point for October.&nbsp;&nbsp; It’s nearly a full point lower than the 8.4 percent rate in June and July.</span></p><p>Indiana's jobless rate is slightly higher than the national rate of 7.3 percent. The new report shows nearly 223,000 people were looking for jobs last month in Indiana.</p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 20:59:48 +0000 Associated Press 7659 at http://wfpl.org Indiana Jobless Rate Drops to Pre-Recession Level Indiana Lawmakers Override Gov. Pence's Veto http://wfpl.org/post/indiana-lawmakers-override-gov-pences-veto <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Indiana state lawmakers have overridden </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Mike Pence’s veto of a &nbsp;tax measure.</span></p><p>The House and Senate both voted &nbsp;today to override Pence’s veto of the bill that allows officials in Pulaski &nbsp;and Jackson counties to retroactively implement a local income tax that had expired.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Even though it was not reauthorized, the counties continued to collect the tax, which is used to fund local jails.</p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 20:38:27 +0000 Rick Howlett 5750 at http://wfpl.org Indiana Lawmakers Override Gov. Pence's Veto Indiana Gov. Pence Issues First Vetoes of Term http://wfpl.org/post/indiana-gov-pence-issues-first-vetoes-term <p></p><p>Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has vetoed his first legislation since taking office in January, rejecting two bills with new licensing requirements.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Pence vetoed a bill requiring licenses for diabetes educators and a measure creating new license requirements for anesthesiologist assistants and dietitians, as well as state certification for music therapists.</span></p> Wed, 08 May 2013 19:59:24 +0000 Associated Press 5310 at http://wfpl.org Indiana Gov. Pence Issues First Vetoes of Term Gov. Pence Signs Indiana Budget Bill Into Law http://wfpl.org/post/gov-pence-signs-indiana-budget-bill-law <p></p><p>Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has signed the state's new two-year, $30 billion budget into law.</p><p>Pence says the plan includes $600 million a year in tax relief for Indiana residents and will boost investment in the state.</p><p>The budget approved April 27 by the Republican-led General Assembly includes a modest increase in school funding, new money for roads and highways and roughly $350 million in income tax cuts.</p> Wed, 08 May 2013 19:29:44 +0000 Associated Press & Rick Howlett 5307 at http://wfpl.org Gov. Pence Signs Indiana Budget Bill Into Law Indiana Gov. Pence Praises Legislative Budget Deal http://wfpl.org/post/indiana-gov-pence-praises-legislative-budget-deal <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Indiana taxpayers will see their personal income tax rate reduced by 5 percent over the next four years under a budget plan agreed to by a conference committee of state lawmakers.</span></p><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gov. Mike Pence had sought a 10 percent cut as one of his signature campaign proposals, but lawmakers were initially cool to the idea.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Improved tax collection estimates earlier this month improved Pence's chances in the waning days of the session.</span></p> Thu, 25 Apr 2013 17:18:38 +0000 Associated Press 5139 at http://wfpl.org Indiana Gov. Pence Praises Legislative Budget Deal Indiana's Improved Revenue Picture Gives Pence New Optimism for Tax Cut http://wfpl.org/post/indianas-improved-revenue-picture-gives-pence-new-optimism-tax-cut <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Expectations that Indiana will collect $290 million more in taxes leave </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Mike Pence’s team optimistic it can win a $500 million cut in the state's personal income tax this year.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">House and Senate budget leaders said today that the improved fiscal picture makes it likely they will approve $500 million in tax cuts this year, but not necessarily the cut Pence wants.</span></p> Tue, 16 Apr 2013 19:07:42 +0000 Associated Press & Rick Howlett 5002 at http://wfpl.org Indiana's Improved Revenue Picture Gives Pence New Optimism for Tax Cut Pence Promises to Promote Tax Cut "Relentlessly" http://wfpl.org/post/pence-promises-promote-tax-cut-relentlessly <p></p><p>Indiana Gov. Mike Pence says he’s going to take lawmakers at their word that they’ll revisit his proposal for a ten-percent income tax cut later in the General Assembly session.</p><p>A state budget passed this week by the House does not include the tax cut, with the GOP-controlled chamber opting instead to boost spending on education and transportation.</p><p>But the first-term Republican governor says he’s been assured that a tax cut has not been taken off the table. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 27 Feb 2013 21:45:03 +0000 Rick Howlett 4241 at http://wfpl.org Pence Promises to Promote Tax Cut "Relentlessly"