INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - 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.
Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb says 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 services in the court system, including the automated record-keeping fee, notary fees and DNA sample processing fees.
Lawmakers have also required state licensing for several occupations that have previously seen little regulation such as massage therapists, social workers, and manufactured home dealers. The licenses cost between $10 and $400.
School employees will also 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.
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