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Lawmakers move to monitor State Board of Accounts

A subcommittee of the Indiana Legislative Council met this week to determine the goals and best practices of a new Audit Committee, which is meant to operate as a type of peer-review system for the State Board of Accounts.
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State tax collections fall just below projections

The state brought in a total of $1.04 billion in July general fund revenue, a decrease of 0.5 percent from the December 2013 state revenue forecast.
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Ivy Tech to ask state lawmakers for more cash

The Ivy Tech Community College trustees have passed a resolution telling the college’s leaders to ask the Indiana General Assembly and the Indiana Commission for Higher Education for additional funding.
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Schools label few teachers, administrators as ‘ineffective’

Performance results released Monday by the Department of Education revealed that only one of every 250 educators was ranked in the lowest category. And fewer than three in 100 were rated as needing improvement.
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Study will seek answers to transportation funding issue

The Indiana Department of Transportation will launch an expansive study seeking new ways to finance road construction and maintenance, according to a bill passed by the Indiana legislature awaiting the governor's signature.
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Indiana lawmakers pass package of business tax cuts

The corporate income tax and state banking tax would be reduced to 4.9 percent and local governments would be left to decide whether to cut the business equipment tax.
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Deal on mass-transit legislation headed for vote

The compromise language does not include a provision to establish a light-rail system or an increase in corporate taxes. However, the legislation would still allow for an increase in individual income taxes pending voter approval.
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Bill to protect vets from discrimination passes Senate

Indiana House Bill 1242, authored by Rep. Martin Carbaugh, R-Fort Wayne, would ban an employer from refusing to hire anyone because of his or her status as a veteran of the U.S. military.
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Bill allowing state fair alcohol sales heads to governor

The bill, authored by Sen. James Merritt, R-Indianapolis, seeks to end a nearly 70-year old ban on beer and alcohol sales at the state fair.
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Biosimilars bill passes House, heads to governor

Pharmacists would be able to substitute an interchangeable biosimilar drug for a prescribed name-brand product under a bill passed by the Indiana House of Representatives on Tuesday.
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