Brandon Smith

Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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5:15 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Pence Offers Options for Tax Phase Out

Governor Mike Pence is starting to publicly suggest options for phasing out the state’s business personal property tax, the tent pole of his 2014 legislative agenda.

Pence has been vague on specifics up to now, saying he wants to allow the broadest range of debate in the legislature. But the governor Tuesday publicly discussed a few options for phasing out the personal property tax, a levy that generates one billion dollars a year for local governments.

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6:00 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Governor Pence Announces New State Auditor

Governor Mike Pence and new state auditor Suzanne Crouch
Credit Brandon Smith

Evansville Republican Suzanne Crouch says her new job as Indiana State Auditor is the “best of all worlds.” Governor Mike Pence Monday announced Crouch will replace Dwayne Sawyer, who abruptly resigned last month.

Crouch is an eight-year veteran of the Indiana House. When she officially takes office January 2nd she will become the third state auditor in five months. Her predecessor, Dwayne Sawyer, resigned after only four months in office, citing personal and family reasons.

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7:06 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Boeing Plant May Come To Indiana

Governor Mike Pence says Indiana is talking to Boeing about building its new 7-77-x airplane inthe Hoosier State. The move could create thousands of jobs. 

Boeing is considering proposals from 22 states to locate facilities to build its new 777x aircraft after labor negotiations in the Seattle area fell through. Governor Mike Pence says Indiana has been in discussions with Boeing, though he wouldn’t comment further on how the discussions are progressing. 

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Politics & Government
4:05 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Few Details Coming Out On Pence's 2014 Agenda

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence isn't giving many specifics on his 2014 legislative agenda, saying he wants "to give legislators the broadest possible range to develop how they think this might work best giving consideration to all of the interests involved."
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Governor Mike Pence is still short on specifics as he outlines his legislative agenda for the upcoming session.  And he says that’s not an accident.

The governor’s legislative agenda includes a preschool voucher program, a teacher innovation fund, increased tax relief and a phase-out of the business personal property tax – a levy that sends a billion dollars to local governments each year. 

Each of those items will have a significant fiscal impact and so far, Pence has been coy in talking about ways to pay for his plans.  He says that’s for good reason.

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News
6:00 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Change To Indiana's Criminal Code Could Increase Prison Population

Applied Research Services analyst John Speir
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Independent analysts say the overhaul of Indiana’s criminal code will increase the prison population unless the law also pushes prosecutors and judges to direct more offenders into community corrections programs.

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6:14 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Healthy Indiana Plan Coverage Extended

More than ten thousand Hoosiers set to lose health insurance coverage through the Healthy Indiana Plan will get to keep those plans for a few more months. The state is reacting to enrollment issues surrounding the Affordable Care Act.

Up to now, a family of four earning about $47,0000 per year – 200 percent of the federal poverty level – was eligible for the Healthy Indiana Plan, the state’s health insurance program for low-income Hoosiers. Beginning in January, that income threshold will be lowered to 100 percent, roughly $23,000 a year for that family of four.

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6:16 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Indiana SNAP Benefits Changing Schedule

Nearly a million Hoosiers on food stamps will receive phone calls in the next few days as the state gets the word out about a change in the timing of their benefits. The change is meant to ease the burden on grocery stores.

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1:58 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Hoosiers Celebrate Mandela at the Statehouse

U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly speaks at a remembrance of former South African President Nelson Mandela Sunday at the Indiana Statehouse.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Indiana political, community and faith leaders gathered at the Statehouse Sunday to mourn the death and celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela.

Listen to Brandon Smith's story about a gathering at Indiana Statehouse Sunday celebrating the life of Nelson Mandela.

Though many of the speakers at the service for the late South African leader expressed sorrow at his passing, the focus was on Nelson Mandela’s legacy and the example he set for people across the world. 

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Politics & Government
7:28 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Dermody Could Have Big Impact On Hoosier Gaming

A new chairman in the Indiana House Public Policy committee is giving gaming industry officials hope for more success in the legislature.

Indiana’s gaming industry has been hit hard in the last few years, both by the recession and increased competition from neighboring states. 

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6:15 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Lawmakers Are Still Staying Out Of The Ritz Fight

Legislative leaders say they are reluctant for the General Assembly to intervene in the fight between State Superintendent Glenda Ritz and the State Board of Education. That’s despite a flare-up this week in the ongoing conflict. 

Superintendent Ritz Wednesday accused Governor Pence’s new education agency of trying to oust her as chair of the State Board. The allegations came almost immediately after a mediation session between the State Board and Ritz that failed to yield many positive results.

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