Indiana en Lawmakers call for financial literacy standards <p></p><p>State lawmakers are pushing legislation that would create a financial literacy curriculum for the state, encouraging schools to teach skills such as investing, balancing a checkbook, and applying for loans.&nbsp;</p><p>Supporters of the legislation say students are graduating high school without basic financial skills.</p><p>Greenwood Republican Senator Brent Waltz says that’s not a new problem.</p> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 17:58:59 +0000 Brandon Smith 9922 at Lawmakers call for financial literacy standards Union membership down, but effects of Right to Work unclear <p></p><p>The fears of opponents of Indiana’s Right to Work law appear to be bolstered by statistics showing a significant decrease in the state’s union membership since 2011.&nbsp; But leaders on both sides of the debate say Right to Work likely had little effect.</p><p>Union membership in Indiana dropped about 20% from 2011 to 2012, just as Indiana’s Right to Work law, which prohibits union contracts that require workers to pay dues for representation, went into effect.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 28 Jan 2013 18:46:24 +0000 Brandon Smith 9807 at Committee approves casino legislation <p></p><p>Legislation aimed at helping Indiana gaming facilities compete with other states and bolster struggling attendance cleared its first legislative hurdle Wednesday.</p><p>Legislation unanimously approved by the Senate Public Policy committee adds mobile gaming devices to off-track betting sites and eliminates taxes on free-play coupons.&nbsp; It also allows live-dealer games in racetrack casinos, something the bill’s author, Crawfordsville Republican Senator Phil Boots, says will boost job creation.</p> Thu, 24 Jan 2013 19:26:18 +0000 Brandon Smith 9647 at Committee approves casino legislation Pence gives his first "State of the State" address <p></p><p>Fiscal restraint was the theme Tuesday night as Governor Mike Pence delivered his first State of the State address to the Indiana General Assembly.</p><p>Pence took to the podium with the goal of convincing legislators and Hoosiers across the state, that a 10-percent income tax cut is a fiscally responsible move.</p><p>Pence says because the state is bringing in more than it spends, it can leave some of that money in Hoosiers’ pockets.</p> Wed, 23 Jan 2013 19:11:46 +0000 Dan Goldblatt 9598 at Legislators push for job placement for veterans <p></p><p>If job creation is priority No. 1 for lawmakers this session, job placement for veterans seems to be priority 1-A, with new legislation aimed at getting servicemembers back to work.</p><p>The unemployment rate for younger veterans – those of the post 9/11 era – is considerably higher than the rate for average Hoosiers.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 14 Jan 2013 18:48:59 +0000 Brandon Smith 9184 at Ball State, IU presidents meet with legislators <p></p><p>Ball State President Jo Ann Gora says the state’s funding formula for higher education unfairly favors some schools over others.</p><p>Gora says the state’s performance funding system is a one-size-fits-all structure that favors large and growing campuses.&nbsp; She says schools like Ball State – which Gora believes has focused on quality, rather than quantity – are penalized.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 11 Jan 2013 17:43:24 +0000 Brandon Smith 9097 at Ball State, IU presidents meet with legislators As legislative session opens, municipal leaders wonder what's in store <p></p><p>Some municipal leaders watched Monday’s opening of the 2013 Indiana General Assembly session with a wary eye – wondering how taxation rules will affect local government and individual Hoosiers alike.&nbsp;</p><p>The new leader of the House Ways and Means Committee Monday didn’t wholly endorse Governor Mike Pence’s plan to lower income taxes Monday.</p><p>When asked about the biggest plank in the platform which led Mike Pence to be elected governor – an across-the-board 10% income tax cut – Crawfordsville Representative Tim Brown wavered.</p> Tue, 08 Jan 2013 19:14:12 +0000 Stan Jastrzebski 8949 at Hoosier legislators expect smoother session <p></p><p>House and Senate leaders say they’re looking forward to a less contentious legislative session than the past two years as the General Assembly convenes Monday.</p><p></p><p>The last two sessions saw sweeping education reforms, Right to Work, abortion bills and immigration measures that created significant conflict between Republicans and Democrats in the legislature.&nbsp;</p><p>Now, the GOP holds a supermajority in both houses.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 07 Jan 2013 19:58:23 +0000 Brandon Smith 8901 at Hoosier legislators expect smoother session Proposal calls for more officers in schools <p></p><p>A new proposal from Attorney General Greg Zoeller and a GOP state senator would help Indiana schools put more police officers in their buildings.</p><p></p><p>School resource officers are already present in somewhere between a quarter and a third of Hoosier schools.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Fri, 04 Jan 2013 18:03:30 +0000 Brandon Smith 8812 at Proposal calls for more officers in schools Looking back at Daniels' legacy <p>Governor Mitch Daniels’ eight years in office is being remembered as a time of big changes and sweeping reform that’s left the state markedly different than it was.&nbsp; Both supporters and opponents say Daniels was decisive and left no doubt as to who was in charge.&nbsp; But whether changes made under the Daniels administration were positive depends a lot on who you talk to.</p> Tue, 11 Dec 2012 16:17:50 +0000 Brandon Smith 7845 at Looking back at Daniels' legacy