The U.S. Supreme Court Monday upheld the constitutionality of an independent redistricting commission in Arizona, a system that keeps the redrawing of legislative maps out of the legislature’s hands. That decision could have a major impact on Indiana as lawmakers prepare to examine ways to take some of the politics out of electoral redistricting.
Indiana legislative leaders – both Republican and Democrat – who’ve long supported redistricting reform overcame a major hurdle this year by gaining support for a redistricting study committee.
Hoosier businesses and individuals who owe back taxes to the state will have an opportunity to pay what they owe, without a penalty, this fall. The governor Monday announced a start date for the state’s tax amnesty program.
Indiana conducted its first tax amnesty program in 2005, collecting about $244 million in back taxes. Those who participated in that program will be ineligible to take advantage of a new tax amnesty window, open from September 15 to November 16.
Heavy rain and windstorms Saturday morning caused dozens of trees to fall, resulting in damage to vehicles and property throughout Allen County.
Thousands have also been left without power in Allen and the surrounding counties, according to Indiana Michigan Power. I&M says it is unclear when power will be restored to all of its customers, but it could take several days.
Fort Wayne organizations signed a winter weather emergency plan Thursday for the city’s homeless.
The shelters will be offered by different agencies in Fort Wayne this winter as part of the city’s emergency shelter plan. The plan only goes into effect when wind chills reach below zero, but some shelters will open at other times as well.
Just Neighbors is one of the partner organizations and provides shelter for homeless families. Its director, Terry Anderson, says it is important that the groups work together to provide shelter for everyone who needs it this winter.
Hoosiers who receive tax subsidies to reduce the cost of their health insurance through the Affordable Care Act say they’re celebrating after the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling protecting those subsidies.
Nearly 160,000 Hoosiers have subsidies that reduce the cost of their insurance by an average of $320 per month.
Indiana’s first lady handed out grants today to 31 community organizations across the state, but the grants bring more than just money to groups in Allen County.
First Lady Karen Pence gave checks of $500-$1,000 to five organizations in Allen County. While every penny helps these nonprofits, the grants also bring recognition – and valuable publicity – to their causes.