News en One-Third of Hoosiers Delinquent on Debt <div><p><a href="">A report released Tuesday</a> by the Urban Institute shows more than a third of American adults have debt currently in collections.</p><p>And Hoosiers aren’t faring any better.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Thirty-five percent of all Indiana adults are currently so far delinquent on at least one bill that they’ve been reported to a collections agency. That’s right in line with the national average.</span></p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:38:43 +0000 Sean Bueter 33888 at One-Third of Hoosiers Delinquent on Debt Public Integrity Coalition Aims to Curb Corruption <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller says the state’s Public Integrity Coalition is developing strategies&nbsp;&nbsp;from the local level up to state government aimed at curbing public corruption. Those strategies could include new legislation.</span></p><p></p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:41:41 +0000 Brandon Smith 33881 at State Wants More College Students Graduating On Time <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">The Indiana Commission for Higher Education wants to help college students finish their degrees on&nbsp;&nbsp;time, unveiling Monday its ’15 to Finish’ campaign. The initiative is a coordinated, statewide effort to inform students, parents, and advisors about&nbsp;&nbsp;the importance of taking 15 credit hours per semester.</span></p><p></p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:08:13 +0000 Brandon Smith 33833 at State Wants More College Students Graduating On Time GOP Leader Proposes City Worker Protections <p>Allen County’s Republican Party leader has a new proposal to protect workers he says will “smooth the edges” of Fort Wayne’s recent ban on collective bargaining for most city employees.</p><p>Chairman Steve Shine sent a letter to Republican members of the Fort Wayne City Council Friday urging them to create an appeals process for city workers that would ensure fairness in firing and disciplinary decisions.</p><p>Shine says he was initially approached on the matter by Jeremy Bush with the Fort Wayne Professional Firefighers union, who asked him to intercede with a proposal.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:26:52 +0000 Sean Bueter 33822 at GOP Leader Proposes City Worker Protections Pence Says Recent ACA Rulings Point to 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 Pence Says Recent ACA Rulings Point to Repeal Chalk Wall Asks Residents Why They Love Fort Wayne <p>What do you love about Fort Wayne?</p><p><a href="">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="">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 Chalk Wall Asks Residents Why They Love Fort Wayne Healthy Indiana Plan Enrollment Ends for 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 State, Local Governments at 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 State, Local Governments at Odds Over Tax Allen County Selected for 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 Fort Wayne City Council Upholds Right-to-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