News http://wboi.org en Pence Says Recent ACA Rulings Point to Repeal http://wboi.org/post/pence-says-recent-aca-rulings-point-repeal <p>Governor Mike Pence says recent court rulings on the Affordable Care Act should send a message to Congress to repeal the controversial healthcare law.</p><p>Two federal appeals courts this week issued conflicting rulings on subsidies offered to consumers who purchase health insurance through federally-run exchanges – one court invalidated them, the other upheld them.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:26:00 +0000 Brandon Smith 33718 at http://wboi.org Pence Says Recent ACA Rulings Point to Repeal Chalk Wall Asks Residents Why They Love Fort Wayne http://wboi.org/post/chalk-wall-asks-residents-why-they-love-fort-wayne <p>What do you love about Fort Wayne?</p><p><a href="http://www.artlinkfw.com/">Artlink </a>Executive Director Deb Washler thinks there are a lot of reasons to admire the Summit City, and she's looking for even more.</p><p>Washler and a team from <a href="http://www.leadershipfortwayne.org/">Leadership Fort Wayne</a>&nbsp;have come up with a new, interactive art installation encouraging residents to share why they appreciate the community, called "Love, Fort Wayne."</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:35:00 +0000 Julia Meek 33675 at http://wboi.org Chalk Wall Asks Residents Why They Love Fort Wayne Healthy Indiana Plan Enrollment Ends for 2014 http://wboi.org/post/healthy-indiana-plan-enrollment-ends-2014 <p>Indiana is cutting off enrollment in the Healthy Indiana Plan because the program has reached this year’s funding limit.</p><p>When the federal government reauthorized HIP, the health insurance program for low-income Hoosiers, last year, it required Indiana to lower the income eligibility ceiling from 200 percent of the poverty level – about $47,000 &nbsp;a year for a family of four – to 100 percent – roughly $23,000 &nbsp;a year.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:53:13 +0000 Brandon Smith 33689 at http://wboi.org State, Local Governments at Odds Over Tax http://wboi.org/post/state-local-governments-odds-over-tax <p>The next showdown between the state and local governments over the business personal property tax will be at a blue ribbon commission studying the issue this summer.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The tax on is a levy on business equipment that generates a billion dollars a year for local governments.</span></p><p>Legislation passed this year allows local governments to either exempt new equipment from the business personal property tax, eliminate it on small businesses or abate the tax on specific projects for up to 20 years.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:32:36 +0000 Brandon Smith 33625 at http://wboi.org State, Local Governments at Odds Over Tax Allen County Selected for Pre-K Pilot Program http://wboi.org/post/allen-county-selected-pre-k-pilot-program <p>Allen County is among the five counties picked to participate in Indiana's pre-K pilot program.</p><p></p><p>The program provides up to ten million dollars – along with local matching funds – to help low-income four-year-olds attend pre-kindergarten classes. Vouchers would go to families with incomes below 127 percent of the poverty line.</p><p></p><p>United Way of Allen County was selected to lead the campaign to bring the pilot here, and UWAC Director of Community Impact Jeanne Zehr says the program could serve more than 1,400&nbsp;children when it’s up and running.</p><p></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:04:21 +0000 Sean Bueter 33616 at http://wboi.org Fort Wayne City Council Upholds Right-to-Work Ordinance http://wboi.org/post/fort-wayne-city-council-upholds-right-work-ordinance <p>A right-to-work ordinance for Fort Wayne’s police officers and firefighters survived a mayoral veto. The vote was made at Tuesday's City Council meeting.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The ordinance says that public safety workers can’t lose their jobs if they don’t want to pay union dues. It was introduced by Republican councilman Mitch Harper.</span></p><p>Harper says it’s a matter of principle – that it’s not taking away union’s rights, but giving freedom of choice to the employee.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:27:02 +0000 Virginia Alvino 33614 at http://wboi.org Mile by Mile, Fort Wayne Trails Continue Expanding http://wboi.org/post/mile-mile-fort-wayne-trails-continue-expanding <p>Last week, the City of Fort Wayne <a href="http://wboi.org/post/pufferbelly-trail-begins-extension">cut the ribbon</a> on construction of a new segment of the Pufferbelly Trail on the city’s north side.</p><p>The expansion is the latest in what’s becoming an <a href="http://fwtrails.org/maps/">increasingly connected trail system</a> across four counties in Northeast Indiana.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:25:14 +0000 Sean Bueter 33549 at http://wboi.org Mile by Mile, Fort Wayne Trails Continue Expanding Indiana Government Aims to Improve Transparency http://wboi.org/post/indiana-government-aims-improve-transparency <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">The governor’s office has unveiled a new website aiming to improve transparency and accountability in state government. The site was built to be a&nbsp;&nbsp;one-stop shop for Hoosiers keeping tabs on state agencies’ performance.</span></p><p></p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:14:04 +0000 Brandon Smith 33520 at http://wboi.org July's Leading Index Suggests Growing Economic Momentum http://wboi.org/post/julys-leading-index-suggests-growing-economic-momentum <p>New analysis from Indiana University suggests the Hoosier economy is heading in the right direction.</p><p><a href="http://www.stats.indiana.edu/lii/">The Leading Index for Indiana</a> – which uses national-level economic data to make predictions about the state’s economy – rose slightly in July. That’s the second monthly increase in a row.</p><p></p><p>According to Timothy Slaper at the IU Kelley School of Business, the increase comes in part because of a jump in homebuilder sentiment, what he calls the “exhuberant stock market,” and a strong outlook in transportation and logistics.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:32:53 +0000 Sean Bueter 33499 at http://wboi.org July's Leading Index Suggests Growing Economic Momentum Episode 158 - Dandelions http://wboi.org/post/episode-158-dandelions <p></p> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 19:00:00 +0000 Martin Fisher 33417 at http://wboi.org