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Pence explains his college completion plan

Aug 23, 2012

Only 28 percent of Hoosier students pursuing a bachelor’s degree finish in four years.  That puts Indiana 40th in the nation in on-time completion rate.  GOP gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence says, “we know Indiana can do better.  But it will take shared commitment from the state, our colleges and universities and from students and families themselves to get the job done.”

Donnelly and Bayh hit the campaign trail together

Aug 22, 2012

Donnelly and Bayh will tour the state in the next few days in what they’re calling a “main street tour” of Indiana.  Bayh thinks appearing with Donnelly is not about trying to rally the Democratic base around a conservative Democrat saying, "Oh I think the Democratic base is squarely in Joe Donnelly’s camp and we need to build on that and reach out to independents and Republicans because not only is that the politically sensible thing to do, it’s the only way we’re going to make progress in Washington.”

Gubernatorial candidates talk policy at forum

Aug 22, 2012
Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Indiana’s three gubernatorial hopefuls discussed Indiana’s policy future during a forum at IUPUI Tuesday.  Led by former Indiana Chief Justice Randall Shepard, the forum was not a direct debate between candidates, but a public conversation between Shepard and each hopeful, one at a time.

Brandon Smith prepared several reports on key issues addressed in those policy discussions.

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Pence reacts to Health Care Act

Aug 21, 2012

Governor Daniels requested input last month from all three gubernatorial candidates on two key decisions the state must make in the next few months regarding implementation of the Affordable Care Act.  One is a choice between establishing a state- or federally-run health care exchange, a kind of marketplace for insurers and consumers.  The other is determining the state’s essential health benefits package, which sets a minimum level of coverage insurers must offer.  Pence says, with so much uncertainty surrounding the measure, he advises against setting up a state-run health care exchange. 

State conservation leaders explore major changes

Aug 21, 2012
Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Indiana’s soil and water conservation leaders are exploring significant changes to the funding and organization of the state’s conservation efforts.

The Conservation Beyond 2016 Task Force was created several months ago in response to what it says were concerns over drops in conservation district funding.  

Much of the money comes from counties.  But over the last four years, funding has stagnated or decreased in more than 40% of Hoosier counties. 

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