INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -
Indiana lawmakers imposed or increased at least 45 different taxes and fees
during this year’s legislative session.
affect everything from notary services to teacher background checks to fuel
prices, The (Northwest Indiana) Times reported.
Increases include a
10 cents-per-gallon gasoline tax increase starting July 1 and an additional
$15 for new vehicle registrations. Money raised from both fees will go
toward funding road construction projects.
Fees have also
increased for a variety of services in the court system, including the
automated record-keeping fee, notary fees and DNA sample processing fees.
adjust various taxes and fees every year and try to avoid general tax
increases on incomes or sales, said Republican state Sen. Brandt Hershman of
Lafayette, who is chairman of the Senate Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee.
“Many of us feel
that’s a good policy, because it’s a fee-for-service model and people can
make a decision as to whether it’s a good value for them or not, and whether
they’re getting bang for their buck,” Hershman said.
a law that explicitly requires professional athletes and motorsports
competitors to pay income tax when they work in the state. Anyone who works
in Indiana already incurs an income tax liability, but the new law
streamlines the process for athletes who live in other states and may have
otherwise ignored their Indiana tax obligations, he said.
Eric Holcomb declined to characterize the state as imposing “a lot” of tax
and fee hikes.
He instead was
quick to say, “I’m very comfortable with paying for what we need.”
approved requiring state licenses for several occupations have that previous
seen little regulation such as massage therapists, social workers and
manufactured-home dealers. The licenses cost between $10 and $400.
will have to pay $30 to $40 for a renewal background check every five years
if their employer chooses not to pay for it, and college students will have
to pay between $100 and $150 for a mandatory meningitis vaccine if they do
not have health insurance.
Leader Scott Pelath of Michigan City said the number of tax and fee
increases enacted by the Republican-dominated Legislature seemingly go
against the tax-cutting policies the GOP frequently touts.
“Sometimes I get a
little flummoxed,” Pelath said. “The raids on the private citizens’ wallets
come in a myriad of ways, in very small amounts, spread over a very wide
area ... and they’re very hard to keep up with.”