Politics & Government
12:58 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Lawmakers call for financial literacy standards

Indiana Sen. Brent Waltz (R-Greenwood).
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

State lawmakers are pushing legislation that would create a financial literacy curriculum for the state, encouraging schools to teach skills such as investing, balancing a checkbook, and applying for loans. 

Supporters of the legislation say students are graduating high school without basic financial skills.

Greenwood Republican Senator Brent Waltz says that’s not a new problem.

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Politics & Government
1:46 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Union membership down, but effects of Right to Work unclear

The fears of opponents of Indiana’s Right to Work law appear to be bolstered by statistics showing a significant decrease in the state’s union membership since 2011.  But leaders on both sides of the debate say Right to Work likely had little effect.

Union membership in Indiana dropped about 20% from 2011 to 2012, just as Indiana’s Right to Work law, which prohibits union contracts that require workers to pay dues for representation, went into effect. 

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Politics & Government
2:26 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Committee approves casino legislation

Indiana Sen. Phil Boots (R-Crawfordsville) says his casino legislation will help create jobs in the Hoosier State.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Legislation aimed at helping Indiana gaming facilities compete with other states and bolster struggling attendance cleared its first legislative hurdle Wednesday.

Legislation unanimously approved by the Senate Public Policy committee adds mobile gaming devices to off-track betting sites and eliminates taxes on free-play coupons.  It also allows live-dealer games in racetrack casinos, something the bill’s author, Crawfordsville Republican Senator Phil Boots, says will boost job creation.

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Politics & Government
2:11 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Pence gives his first "State of the State" address

Fiscal restraint was the theme Tuesday night as Governor Mike Pence delivered his first State of the State address to the Indiana General Assembly.

Pence took to the podium with the goal of convincing legislators and Hoosiers across the state, that a 10-percent income tax cut is a fiscally responsible move.

Pence says because the state is bringing in more than it spends, it can leave some of that money in Hoosiers’ pockets.

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Politics & Government
1:48 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Legislators push for job placement for veterans

If job creation is priority No. 1 for lawmakers this session, job placement for veterans seems to be priority 1-A, with new legislation aimed at getting servicemembers back to work.

The unemployment rate for younger veterans – those of the post 9/11 era – is considerably higher than the rate for average Hoosiers. 

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Politics & Government
12:43 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Ball State, IU presidents meet with legislators

Indiana University President Michael McRobbie meets with the Indiana House Ways and Means committee.
Credit Kyle Stokes / StateImpact Indiana

Ball State President Jo Ann Gora says the state’s funding formula for higher education unfairly favors some schools over others.

Gora says the state’s performance funding system is a one-size-fits-all structure that favors large and growing campuses.  She says schools like Ball State – which Gora believes has focused on quality, rather than quantity – are penalized. 

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Politics & Government
2:14 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

As legislative session opens, municipal leaders wonder what's in store

Some municipal leaders watched Monday’s opening of the 2013 Indiana General Assembly session with a wary eye – wondering how taxation rules will affect local government and individual Hoosiers alike. 

The new leader of the House Ways and Means Committee Monday didn’t wholly endorse Governor Mike Pence’s plan to lower income taxes Monday.

When asked about the biggest plank in the platform which led Mike Pence to be elected governor – an across-the-board 10% income tax cut – Crawfordsville Representative Tim Brown wavered.

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Politics & Government
2:58 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Hoosier legislators expect smoother session

House and Senate leaders say they’re looking forward to a less contentious legislative session than the past two years as the General Assembly convenes Monday.

The last two sessions saw sweeping education reforms, Right to Work, abortion bills and immigration measures that created significant conflict between Republicans and Democrats in the legislature. 

Now, the GOP holds a supermajority in both houses. 

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1:03 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Proposal calls for more officers in schools

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller and State Sen. Pete Miller (R-Avon) announced a proposal to put more police officers in schools.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

A new proposal from Attorney General Greg Zoeller and a GOP state senator would help Indiana schools put more police officers in their buildings.

School resource officers are already present in somewhere between a quarter and a third of Hoosier schools. 

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Politics & Government
11:17 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Looking back at Daniels' legacy

Governor Mitch Daniels’ eight years in office is being remembered as a time of big changes and sweeping reform that’s left the state markedly different than it was.  Both supporters and opponents say Daniels was decisive and left no doubt as to who was in charge.  But whether changes made under the Daniels administration were positive depends a lot on who you talk to.

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