In the past month, you may have heard or read the StateImpact story about the Indiana House Republican Caucus’ legislative priorities for the upcoming session. One of the items that caught people’s attention was that the Republican Caucus wants to “fix” the K-12 school funding formula by reducing the gap between the highest and lowest funded districts. According to the Indianapolis Business Journal, the highest funded district receives more than $9,500 per student and the lowest receives approximately $5,500.
WBOI listeners packed the house Wednesday night at The Phoenix in Downtown Fort Wayne for two hours of discussion on issues facing Allen County and the region at large.
The panel discussions were part of WBOI's "Issues & Ales" series, which features experts talking about topics in front of an audience at local restaurants and bars.
Hour one of the discussion focused on the upcoming vote on whether or not Allen County should change its county governance from three executives to one. Voters go to the polls to decide the issue Nov. 4th.
In the late 1800s and early 1900s, many states added elements of direct democracy that enabled voters to have a direct say in what might become law, how public money would be spent, and recalling elected officials from office.
Indiana did not add many of these elements which is why many voters may not be able to remember ever actually voting on anything like these.
Former U.S. Senator Evan Bayh says the growing partisan divide in Indiana is the reason for his decision not to make another bid for the governor’s mansion in 2016.
Friday’s announcement comes after months of questions about the former two-term governor’s political future. Bayh’s continued popularity in the state Democratic Party, combined with a still-robust campaign war chest, has been fueling speculation about a run for governor in two years.
Bloomington, Ind., recently adopted an ordinance that requires all chain businesses to meet a visual standard. The visual standard means that chain businesses such as restaurants and retail outlets most likely will not be able to build their usual buildings or modify buildings to look like their usual buildings. Instead, the businesses will have to complement the architecture, façade, scale, and signage of their neighbors. The ordinance applies only to downtown and an area west of the Indiana University campus.
Indiana Republican Party Chair Tim Berry says he hopes his party’s upcoming state convention will show Hoosiers that the GOP can come together and have fun.
Listen to Brandon Smith's preview of the upcoming Indiana GOP convention.
There are three statewide positions up for election this fall – Secretary of State, Auditor and Treasurer.
Democrats had already decided on their three nominees going into the state party convention, and Republicans have incumbents running for Secretary of State and Auditor – Connie Lawson and Suzanne Crouch. But three candidates are vying for the GOP’s state Treasurer nomination in what’s expected to be a hotly-contested convention fight.
The Indiana General Assembly meets in session until the end of April in odd-numbered years. This is known as the long-session and is when the two-year budget is drafted and approved.
In even-numbered years, the General Assembly meets in session until the middle of March. This is known as the short-session. You can see the archive of legislative activity and deadline information here.