Fort Wayne’s Rivergreenway trail system is drawing an increasing number of people down to the riverside. But there may also be more folks than ever getting up close and personal with the water. We continue our series The Three Rivers with a look at opportunities for river recreation, and who’s participating.
In their winter boots, with snow on the ground, the Fort Wayne Outfitters and Bike Depot crew is unloading dozens of new kayaks.
Some Indiana lawmakers want to change the way solar panel owners are credited for the energy they produce.
If an individual or business installs solar panels and generates more energy than they use, the power company buys it to sell to other customers. House Bill 1320 would reduce how much utilities pay for that excess energy, and charge those who generate it fees for using the power grid.
Dave Arland with the Indiana Energy Association says it’s just a matter of fairness.
The Senate passed their version of a bill Tuesday to change how the State Board of Education is constructed.
Senate Bill 1 allows the members of the State Board of Education to select a board chair from within their ranks.
Right now, the state superintendent automatically assumes that position. But the General Assembly has taken it upon itself to change this, following months of strained relations among the board, current superintendent Glenda Ritz and Governor Mike Pence.
The General Assembly is trying to speed up the process for approving changes to this spring’s ISTEP+ test.
Late last week, the State Board of Education and Department of Education approved a handful of recommendations to shrink this year’s version of the test, which students can start taking in less than two weeks.
By law, those changes must get the okay from the General Assembly. In order to fast-track that process, two things happened in the House of Representatives Tuesday:
House Republican budget architect Tim Brown says his caucus’ proposed budget will include more money spent on education than ever before in state history. The House GOP’s budget proposal was unveiled Monday.
House Republican leaders have said for months that education was their top priority this session and that they planned a significant increase in funding for K through 12 schools.
To that end, House Ways and Means Chair Tim Brown says, under the House GOP budget, schools would get $469 million more over the next two years than they did in the last state budget.
A measure aimed at simplifying the state’s tax code is on its way to the House floor. But the version committee members passed doesn’t include as many changes as Governor Mike Pence was pushing for.
Pence’s proposed tax bill, sponsored by Fishers Republican Representative Todd Huston, aims to simplify the tax code by, in part, eliminating more than two dozen tax credits. It also included a change to a sales tax exemption for Hoosier businesses.