Politics & Government http://wboi.org en Convenience Stores Redouble Efforts to Sell Cold Beer http://wboi.org/post/convenience-stores-redouble-efforts-sell-cold-beer <p>Indiana convenience stores won’t stop their push to make the sale of cold beer in their shops legal. Instead, they’re filing a new lawsuit and appealing their existing case.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Under Indiana law, only liquor stores are allowed to sell cold beer.&nbsp; The Indiana Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association filed a lawsuit against the state last year in federal court, seeking to strike down the law.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 21:57:59 +0000 Brandon Smith 33253 at http://wboi.org Bayh Not Ruling Out a 2016 Gubernatorial Run http://wboi.org/post/bayh-not-ruling-out-2016-gubernatorial-run <p>Evan Bayh isn’t ruling out a run for governor in 2016.</p><p>The son of legendary Senator Birch Bayh, Evan Bayh was elected Secretary of State before serving two terms as governor, followed by 12 years in the U.S. Senate.&nbsp; He abruptly opted not to seek a third Senate term in 2010.&nbsp; Since then, he’s worked as a policy analyst and political commentator for Fox News.</p><p>He’s also donated some of his remaining campaign funds -- which total nearly $10 million -- to various Hoosier Democrats.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 21:10:20 +0000 Brandon Smith 33198 at http://wboi.org Bayh Not Ruling Out a 2016 Gubernatorial Run Indiana Lands Big Budget Surplus, But Democrats Cry Foul http://wboi.org/post/indiana-lands-big-budget-surplus-democrats-cry-foul <p>Despite tax revenues that struggled for much of the fiscal year, Indiana closes its book with a surplus of more than $100 million and reserves topping $2 billion.&nbsp; But Democrats say the state is hoarding money to make its bottom line look good.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Going into the final month of the fiscal year, Indiana was about $50 million short of expectations.&nbsp; But a strong June helped the state end the year about $13 million above projected levels.&nbsp; Still, Indiana brought in nearly $60 million less this year than last year.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 17:56:39 +0000 Brandon Smith 33177 at http://wboi.org Indiana Lands Big Budget Surplus, But Democrats Cry Foul State Faces Funding Challenges for New Roads http://wboi.org/post/state-faces-funding-challenges-new-roads <p>A blue ribbon panel studying Indiana’s future transportation needs laid out this week the state’s top road project priorities.&nbsp; The task now is to figure out how to pay for them.</p><p>The panel recommended four priorities for road construction projects – widening I-65 and I-70, building an I-69 Ohio River bridge and creating a commerce connector around Indianapolis.&nbsp; The panel did not include specific funding recommendations, though co-chair Cathy Langham says it does suggest developing some sort of user fee system.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 19:24:13 +0000 Brandon Smith 33073 at http://wboi.org State Faces Funding Challenges for New Roads Ethics Commission Concerned About INDOT Official's Departure to Private Company http://wboi.org/post/ethics-commission-concerned-about-indot-officials-departure-private-company <p>Members of the Indiana Ethics Commission say they have serious concerns about a senior INDOT official leaving his position to work for a company he’s helped steer state contracts toward.</p><p>INDOT Chief of Staff Troy Woodruff is in negotiations to work for RQAW, an engineering firm that does business with INDOT.&nbsp; While he’s working out an employment deal, Woodruff has put in place a screening procedure that ensures he isn’t involved with any state business that deals with RQAW.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 19:44:34 +0000 Brandon Smith 33019 at http://wboi.org Ethics Commission Concerned About INDOT Official's Departure to Private Company Columbia City Senator Set for Fall Deployment http://wboi.org/post/columbia-city-senator-set-fall-deployment <p>State Senator Jim Banks, a Naval Reserve officer, is being deployed to Afghanistan this fall and will miss the entire 2015 legislative session.</p><p>Banks will use a provision in state law to take a temporary leave from his seat rather than resign, the first time a state lawmaker has used that provision.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 18:45:26 +0000 Brandon Smith 32894 at http://wboi.org Columbia City Senator Set for Fall Deployment Despite Court Decision, State of Contraceptive Mandate Unclear for Non-Profits http://wboi.org/post/despite-court-decision-state-contraceptive-mandate-unclear-non-profits <p style="line-height:14.25pt"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; color:#333333">The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that closely-held companies like Hobby Lobby can refuse to cover the cost of contraceptives for religious reasons.<o:p></o:p></span></p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 21:08:53 +0000 Gretchen Frazee 32549 at http://wboi.org Despite Court Decision, State of Contraceptive Mandate Unclear for Non-Profits They Gathered in Indy to Talk About What? http://wboi.org/post/they-gathered-indy-talk-about-what <p><a href="http://nipr.fm/post/wboi-presents-mount-vernon-assembly-and-constitutional-amendments" target="_blank">A recent episode of <em>WBOI Presents</em></a> featured IPFW historian Jeffrey Malanson and political scientist Mike Wolf discussing the two ways the <a href="http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution.html" target="_blank">United States Constitution</a> can be amended according to <a href="http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/constitution/article-v.html" target="_blank">Article V</a>.&nbsp; One of the methods has been used 27 times.&nbsp; The other has never been Thu, 26 Jun 2014 22:16:35 +0000 Andrew Downs 32401 at http://wboi.org They Gathered in Indy to Talk About What? Pence Says Tax Conference is About Complexity, Not Revenue http://wboi.org/post/pence-says-tax-conference-about-complexity-not-revenue <p>An Indiana Tax Conference held Tuesday focused on simplifying the state’s tax system. &nbsp;Governor Mike Pence says a simpler code will be a big part of his legislative agenda next session.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Participants at the conference included Arthur </span>Laffer<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the principal architect of </span>Reaganomics<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, anti-tax activist Grover </span>Norquist<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, and former Bush administration economic advisor Al Hubbard.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 20:09:18 +0000 Brandon Smith 32263 at http://wboi.org Pence Says Tax Conference is About Complexity, Not Revenue Conference Aims to Open Discussion on Hoosier Tax Climate http://wboi.org/post/conference-aims-open-discussion-hoosier-tax-climate <p>Governor Mike Pence will convene a tax conference in Indianapolis this week that he says will bring together leading tax reform thinkers to focus on making Indiana’s tax climate more competitive.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Indiana Tax Competitiveness and Simplification Conference will feature more than two hundred national and local tax experts in an effort to develop recommendations for the Pence administration and General Assembly.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 18:28:42 +0000 Brandon Smith 32198 at http://wboi.org