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45 Indiana Taxes, Fees Increase During Legislative Session

The increases affect everything from notary services to teacher background checks to fuel prices

Indiana lawmakers imposed or increased at least 45 different taxes and fees during this year's legislative session. 

The increases affect everything from notary services to teacher background checks to fuel prices, The Northwest Indiana Times reports.

Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb said he's comfortable paying for what the state needs. 

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 court system services. 

Lawmakers have also required state licensing 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.

In Illinois, lawmakers continue to meet in a special session in hopes of ending a two-year budget impasse.

On Sunday, the two GOP leaders in the Illinois legislature reversed course and met with House Speaker Mike Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton, but acheived no meaningful breakthroughs as the deadline to end the state's budget impasse rapidly approaches.

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