Governor Mike Pence pitched his income tax cut proposal to mayors and local government leaders who visited the Statehouse Tuesday to promote their own priorities to the legislature.
Governor Mike Pence’s proposed across-the-board 10 percent income tax cut hasn’t been backed by many in the General Assembly, even his fellow Republicans. And its reception among the dozens of mayors and town leaders at the Statehouse Tuesday might also be described as lukewarm. But Pence said his proposal will help more people than other tax cuts lawmakers are considering.
Indiana’s private sector started the year off strong in January, adding jobs for the 19th consecutive month. The state’s labor force saw its greatest single-month expansion in nearly 20 years.
While the state’s private sector added 8,200 jobs in January, the unemployment rate climbed to its highest level in nearly a year, at 8.6 %. But the state Department of Workforce Development said the rise in the unemployment rate is due to a huge influx of people to the labor force, which is made up of both people with jobs and those actively looking for work.
State lawmakers say legislation moving through the General Assembly will strengthen Indiana’s consumer protection efforts of senior citizens. Both legislators and the Attorney General say they’ve found a gap in the law they hope the bill will address.
Last year, the number of consumer complaints of financial exploitation received by Attorney General Greg Zoeller’s office increased by more than 9% among Hoosiers age 55 and older. And with the average age of Hoosiers on the rise, Zoeller says he’s expecting that number to continue to increase.
A year and a half after the Indiana State Fair stage collapse, state lawmakers are ready to enact permanent rules aimed at preventing future tragedies at outdoor events.
Last session, the General Assembly gave emergency rule-making power to the state Fire Marshal and Department of Homeland Security to develop temporary regulations for outdoor event and stage equipment.
This session, the legislature is prepared to make those rules permanent.
Opponents of legislation that would demand some welfare recipients to be drug tested say the bill risks driving children deeper into poverty. The measure cleared its first hurdle towards passage in the Senate Wednesday.
State lawmakers want to help parents find out whether their child’s school is family friendly. Legislation unanimously approved by a House committee Tuesday aims to increase parental involvement in education.
On Monday Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry and his Fiscal Policy Group outlined several choices the City could take in order to save community money.
Created in 2012, the Mayor’s Fiscal Policy Group was given the job of identifying options Fort Wayne could pursue in order to avoid fiscal pitfalls in 2014. According to the City, Fort Wayne is the first city in Indiana to form a team of local and state experts to help develop tactics to fight looming budget issues.
Tea Party group Americans for Prosperity is entering the debate in Indiana over Governor Mike Pence’s proposed ten percent income tax cut. The organization announced it will air TV ads in support of the tax cut.