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6:31 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

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.

The Republican-led measure passed the Senate Rules Committee Monday by a vote of 8-4. It now goes to the full Senate.

The measure cleared the House last month after language was removed that would
have banned civil unions.

Gov. Mike Pence and other Republicans want the provision to be restored so the
proposal can go before voters in the fall.

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10:46 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Gov. Mike Pence Pitches Agenda to Indiana Lawmakers

Indiana Governor's Office

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.

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.

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. But he still has work ahead to sell his ideas to lawmakers.

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Local News
10:23 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Gay Marriage, Taxes Top Agenda for Indiana General Assembly

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Indiana lawmakers have begun the 2014 General Assembly.

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.

The weather still kept many lawmakers from getting to the Capitol. The House barely had enough members present to conduct business.

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Local News
3:59 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Indiana Jobless Rate Drops to Pre-Recession Level

Indiana's unemployment rate has dropped to 7.5 percent, marking its lowest level since late 2008 as the recession deepened.

Figures released Friday by the state Department of Workforce Development show Indiana's jobless rate fell three-tenths of a percentage point for October.   It’s nearly a full point lower than the 8.4 percent rate in June and July.

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.

Local News
4:38 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Indiana Lawmakers Override Gov. Pence's Veto

Indiana state lawmakers have overridden Gov. Mike Pence’s veto of a  tax measure.

The House and Senate both voted  today to override Pence’s veto of the bill that allows officials in Pulaski  and Jackson counties to retroactively implement a local income tax that had expired.      

Even though it was not reauthorized, the counties continued to collect the tax, which is used to fund local jails.

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Local News
3:59 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Indiana Gov. Pence Issues First Vetoes of Term

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has vetoed his first legislation since taking office in January, rejecting two bills with new licensing requirements.

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.

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Local News
3:29 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Gov. Pence Signs Indiana Budget Bill Into Law

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has signed the state's new two-year, $30 billion budget into law.

Pence says the plan includes $600 million a year in tax relief for Indiana residents and will boost investment in the state.

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.

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Politics
1:18 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Indiana Gov. Pence Praises Legislative Budget Deal

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.

Gov. Mike Pence had sought a 10 percent cut as one of his signature campaign proposals, but lawmakers were initially cool to the idea.

Improved tax collection estimates earlier this month improved Pence's chances in the waning days of the session.

The tax rate cut will be phased in in two steps starting Jan. 1, 2015.

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Local News
3:07 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Indiana's Improved Revenue Picture Gives Pence New Optimism for Tax Cut

Expectations that Indiana will collect $290 million more in taxes leave Gov. Mike Pence’s team optimistic it can win a $500 million cut in the state's personal income tax this year.

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.

State revenue forecasters said the improving economy should help Indiana bring in roughly $290 million more than the state previously anticipated.

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Politics
4:45 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Pence Promises to Promote Tax Cut "Relentlessly"

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signs into law the first bill of the General Assembly to reach his desk
Indiana Governor's Office

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.

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.

But the first-term Republican governor says he’s been assured that a tax cut has not been taken off the table.  

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