Businesses on either side of legislation legalizing Sunday alcohol sales are blaming each other after the bill died in the House Tuesday. The bill’s author pulled the measure after he said he couldn’t garner enough votes to pass it.
The battle lines in the Sunday sales debate had been unchanged for years: on one side, pushing for Sunday sales, were grocery and convenience stores, led by their lobbying arm, the Indiana Retail Council. Opposing Sunday sales were the state’s package liquor stores, represented by the Indiana Association of Beverage Retailers.
House Democrats say the state budget proposed by House Republicans will devastate many public schools throughout the state. The budget passed overwhelmingly in a House vote Tuesday.
House Republicans named education their top focus this session, and the bulk of debate over the budget revolves around education funding.
Specifically, it involves changes to the school funding formula that seek to help growing, wealthier suburban school districts. But those changes would mean significantly less money for poor, inner city schools that are losing students.
After outrage from parents and educators that this year’s ISTEP+ assessment would take students a total of twelve hours, the General Assembly took the reigns to shorten the length of the test. Both the House and Senate approved the legislation Monday.
By passing Senate Bill 62, the legislature gives the Department of Education permission to eliminate the Social Studies portion of the ISTEP exam for fifth and seventh graders this year.
The organization behind last year’s successful fight against Indiana’s proposed constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage is back at the Statehouse this year. The group’s target is a bill that allows people to use religious reasons to challenge state and local laws.
Some of the group that made up last year’s Freedom Indiana coalition, including manufacturer Cummins, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and the ACLU, have already spoken out against the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, or RFRA.
In this episode of The Weekly Experiment, Martin Fisher from Science Central explains the physics of how an object can be balanced. What are the forces acting on it, and what would stop it from toppling over?
Governor Mike Pence says he still hopes to alter a major sales tax exemption for Hoosier businesses after House lawmakers stripped out a change to the exemption from the governor’s tax legislation.
One of the biggest pieces of Governor Pence’s tax simplification bill was the elimination of what’s called the “double direct” test for determining business sales tax exemptions. The double direct test is a very specific metric for determining what items are exempt from the sales tax.
Fort Wayne takes pride in its vibrant arts community, and this month, the works of two legendary artists, Betty Fishman and Sue McCullough are being celebrated at Crestwoods Gallery in Roanoke, in an exhibit appropriately titled "Ninety Years Young."
The show features paintings, drawings, prints, fiber arts and weavings from their personal collections.
Eager to learn what has fueled their artistic passions, WBOI's Julia Meek invited Fishman and McCullough into the Madge Rothschild studios to discuss their experiences.