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.
Indiana Senate Appropriations Chair Luke Kenley says Hoosiers shouldn’t be concerned about lagging tax revenues. But he says lawmakers should proceed with caution as they prepare to write a new budget in the coming months.
Indiana tax revenues came in under projections for the first two months of the fiscal year that began in July. That follows the last fiscal year in which the state only outperformed its targets by one-tenth of one percent, and with less revenue than the previous year.
A new report indicates the state’s energy efficiency program legislators eliminated earlier this year was cost effective—saving about three dollars for every one dollar spent.
The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission report shows the biggest payback from the program—called Energizing Indiana—was in rebates given to commercial and industrial businesses that upgraded to energy efficiency equipment. For every one dollar in rebate, the companies saved more than five dollars in electricity costs.
Indiana adoption advocates say there’s excitement in the community after the state announced it will resume funding the State Adoption Subsidy for parents who adopt special needs children from foster care.
The Department of Child Services stopped providing the subsidies in 2009. It was the peak of the recession and agency budgets were being slashed.
The Indiana Attorney General’s office says it hasn’t decided whether to appeal a ruling allowing atheist leaders to solemnize marriages in the state. That’s despite the group that brought the lawsuit – atheist group Center for Inquiry – announcing its victory Thursday. Still, CFI Executive Director Reba Boyd Wooden still says she’s ready to perform marriages.
Governor Mike Pence is noncommittal on whether Indiana will support the future of the Hoosier State Passenger Rail Line with state dollars, instead shifting responsibility to local communities along the line that runs between Chicago and Indianapolis.
Federal funding for the Hoosier State Rail Line was cut off last year. The state and local communities along the line reached a temporary funding agreement that keeps the route running through October. But Indianapolis has announced it will no longer contribute funds.
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.