Brandon Smith http://wboi.org en Court Upholds Indiana's Right to Work Law http://wboi.org/post/court-upholds-indianas-right-work-law <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">The federal 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Tuesday upheld Indiana’s Right to Work law as constitutional.&nbsp;&nbsp;The ruling comes days before the law is challenged at the Indiana Supreme Court.</span></p><p></p> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 19:18:42 +0000 Brandon Smith 35341 at http://wboi.org Richard Mourdock Resigns as State Treasurer http://wboi.org/post/richard-mourdock-resigns-state-treasurer <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Indiana State Treasurer Richard Mourdock Friday announced his resignation, four months before his&nbsp;&nbsp;term expires.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Mourdock was set to leave office at the end of the year, term-limited from running again. Instead,&nbsp;&nbsp;he resigns effective Friday to, in his words, “pursue other professional interests.” </span></p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:27:42 +0000 Brandon Smith 35220 at http://wboi.org Richard Mourdock Resigns as State Treasurer Eric Turner Removed From House GOP Leadership http://wboi.org/post/eric-turner-removed-house-gop-leadership <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Speaker Brian Bosma says Republican state Representative Eric Turner should have recused himself&nbsp;&nbsp;completely from discussions last session on legislation that significantly impacted his family’s nursing&nbsp;&nbsp;home business.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Bosma announced Friday that&nbsp;&nbsp;Turner will no longer be part of the House GOP leadership team.</span></p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:25:35 +0000 Brandon Smith 35219 at http://wboi.org Eric Turner Removed From House GOP Leadership State Explores Work Share Programs to Prevent Layoffs http://wboi.org/post/state-explores-work-share-programs-prevent-layoffs <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">State lawmakers are exploring the creation of a work share program to give companies the option&nbsp;of reducing employee hours rather than using layoffs during economic downturn.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Work share programs allow companies to reduce employee hours in lieu of layoffs, while the workers&nbsp;&nbsp;collect partial unemployment benefits.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 21:57:59 +0000 Brandon Smith 35133 at http://wboi.org State Private Sector Adds Jobs, Unemployement Rate Flat http://wboi.org/post/state-private-sector-adds-jobs-unemployement-rate-flat <p>Indiana’s private sector added nearly 10,000 jobs last month.&nbsp; Yet for the fourth consecutive month, the unemployment rate failed to drop.&nbsp; Still, Governor Mike Pence says July’s employment numbers tell him Indiana’s economy is “all systems go.”</p><p>The Hoosier private sector has added jobs for ten consecutive months, surging again in July with 9,900 jobs created.&nbsp; That boost was led by the manufacturing sector, which added more than 5,000 jobs, the most in the country last month.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 19:31:43 +0000 Brandon Smith 34734 at http://wboi.org 30,000 Fairgoers Had a Drink at the State Fair http://wboi.org/post/30000-fairgoers-had-drink-state-fair <p>Alcohol sales at the Indiana State Fair are exceeding expectations.&nbsp; More than 30,000 fairgoers lined up to buy beer and wine.&nbsp; It was the first time in 67 years alcohol sales were permitted.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ryan Sweet spent three days at the Indiana Beer and Wine Exhibition with Taxman Brewing.&nbsp; He says the experience was overwhelmingly positive, providing the new </span>Bargersville<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, </span>Ind<span style="line-height: 1.5;">., brewery with plenty of exposure.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 23:17:30 +0000 Brandon Smith 34649 at http://wboi.org Fair Alcohol Sales Top Expectations http://wboi.org/post/fair-alcohol-sales-top-expectations <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Alcohol sales at the Indiana State Fair are exceeding expectations. More than 30,000 fairgoers&nbsp;&nbsp;lined up to buy beer and wine. It was the first time in 67 years alcohol sales were permitted.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 22:52:29 +0000 Brandon Smith 34647 at http://wboi.org More Cuts to Higher Education Budgets http://wboi.org/post/more-cuts-higher-education-budgets <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Indiana is cutting another 2 percent from the state’s public colleges and universities in response to&nbsp;concerns about lagging tax revenues. That’s in addition to the 2 percent it cut last fiscal year.</span></p><p></p> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 22:12:55 +0000 Brandon Smith 34601 at http://wboi.org State Will Fund Adoption Subsidies for Children with Special Needs http://wboi.org/post/state-will-fund-adoption-subsidies-children-special-needs <p>Indiana adoption advocates say there’s excitement in the community after the state announced it will resume funding the State Adoption Subsidy for parents who adopt special needs children from foster care.</p><p>The Department of Child Services stopped providing the subsidies in 2009. &nbsp;It was the peak of the recession and agency budgets were being slashed.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 20:17:04 +0000 Brandon Smith 34531 at http://wboi.org State Will Fund Adoption Subsidies for Children with Special Needs Record Corn and Soybean Harvests Possible Again in 2014 http://wboi.org/post/record-corn-and-soybean-harvests-possible-again-2014 <p>Purdue agriculture experts say the crop report released Tuesday projects potential record highs for corn and soybeans, and experts say that’s good news for Hoosiers at the grocery store.</p><p>Indiana farmers are projected to harvest a little more than one billion bushels of corn this year, which would set a record for the second consecutive year.&nbsp; The predicted soybean harvest would be the third-largest in state history and up nearly six percent from last year.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 19:56:23 +0000 Brandon Smith 34530 at http://wboi.org Record Corn and Soybean Harvests Possible Again in 2014