Consider the eternal questions. Why is the sky blue? Why is the grass green? Why are some Indiana local government property tax rates high, while others are low? Let's leave the answers to the first two to actual scientists. I'll take a stab at that last one.
The Indiana General Assembly is in session, and the House has proposed a budget for the 2017-19 biennium. It includes a $1 increase in the cigarette tax, raising the rate to $1.995 per pack. It may or may not pass, the Senate may or may not agree, and the governor will have to weigh in, too. Still, there's sure to be debate. So let's look at some facts about the cigarette tax.
The General Assembly is in session, and the big issue this year looks to be road funding. How will we raise the additional $1 billion or more that we need to maintain our roads?
A new valuable online data platform - Rural Indiana Stats - is now available to individuals, agencies and organizations in Indiana that want access to a unique mix of data on Indiana's 92 counties. The website, a product of a partnership between the Purdue Center for Regional Development and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs, offers access to more than 80 county-level variables.
On July 14, after a journey of more than 3 billion miles and almost 10 years, we flew a spacecraft past Pluto and took snapshots. That was exciting. Two days later, the Indiana State Budget Agency provided excitement closer to home: a snapshot of Indiana state finances after a 365-day journey through the 2015 fiscal year.
It started in 1973, when Governor Bowen pushed his property tax relief package through the Indiana General Assembly. Counties could adopt the county adjusted gross income tax (CAGIT) if they wanted more property tax relief than the new state program delivered.
Farmers are worried about property taxes on farmland. So is the governor and members of the General Assembly. They did something about it on April 29 in the closing hours of the 2015 legislative session.