Politics & Government

SCOTUS
5:10 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

U.S. Supreme Court Defends Independent Redistricting Commissions

Monday's Supreme Court ruling keeps the door open for non-partisan state redistricting commissions.
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The U.S. Supreme Court Monday upheld the constitutionality of an independent redistricting commission in Arizona, a system that keeps the redrawing of legislative maps out of the legislature’s hands.  That decision could have a major impact on Indiana as lawmakers prepare to examine ways to take some of the politics out of electoral redistricting.

Indiana legislative leaders – both Republican and Democrat – who’ve long supported redistricting reform overcame a major hurdle this year by gaining support for a redistricting study committee. 

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Taxes
4:54 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

Tax Amnesty Program Will Start in September

During the state's first tax amnesty period in 2005, Indiana collected about $244 million.
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Hoosier businesses and individuals who owe back taxes to the state will have an opportunity to pay what they owe, without a penalty, this fall.  The governor Monday announced a start date for the state’s tax amnesty program.

Indiana conducted its first tax amnesty program in 2005, collecting about $244 million in back taxes.  Those who participated in that program will be ineligible to take advantage of a new tax amnesty window, open from September 15 to November 16. 

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SCOTUS
5:07 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

Fort Wayne's Same-Sex Couples Celebrate Marriage Ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Friday that same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 states.
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Same-sex couples in Fort Wayne are celebrating Friday’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to legalize gay marriage in all 50 states.

The 5-4 decision by the Court requires that all states license and recognize same-sex unions. Before the decision, only about two-thirds of states allowed those couples to marry.

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SCOTUS
3:55 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Obamacare Subsidies

The Supreme Court ruled 6-3 in favor of Obamacare's federal subsidies Thursday.
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Hoosiers who receive tax subsidies to reduce the cost of their health insurance through the Affordable Care Act say they’re celebrating after the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling protecting those subsidies.

Nearly 160,000 Hoosiers have subsidies that reduce the cost of their insurance by an average of $320 per month. 

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SCOTUS
2:28 pm
Wed June 24, 2015

Interview: NPR Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg

NPR Legal Affairs Correspondent, Nina Totenberg.
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Nina Totenberg has a lot of superlatives to her name.

As NPR's Legal Affairs Correspondent, she's a built a career as a legendary journalist, with a voice and style all her own. She's won countless awards for her work covering the U.S. Supreme Court and other legal matters. And she’s one of NPR’s "Founding Mothers," the group of female reporters who shaped the network from its earliest days.

One thing she's not: a fortune-teller.

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Transportation
6:49 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

DOJ Finds Hoosier Amtrak Stations Not ADA Compliant

The DOJ found none of Indiana's 11 Amtrak stations are ADA compliant
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A Department of Justice investigation found that many of Amtrak’s facilities across the country don’t comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, including all 11 Indiana stations.

Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services, the state’s disability advocacy agency, is one of several organizations around the country that filed complaints against Amtrak with the Department of Justice. 

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Politics & Government
11:13 am
Wed June 17, 2015

New Law Aims to Make Family Caregiving Easier

Home health care advocates are trying to get the word out about a new law aimed at helping family caregivers provide better treatment to their relatives.

The Caregiver Advise, Record and Enable – or CARE Act – was signed by Governor Pence at the end of this year’s session.

Under the law, patients who are admitted to a hospital must be given the option to designate a family caregiver. If they do, hospitals must then keep the caregiver in the loop about patient transfers and explain things like medication management when it’s time for the patient to go home.

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Health Care
4:10 pm
Mon June 15, 2015

New Ads Encourage HIP 2.0 Enrollment

An ad campaign starting Monday aims to bring more qualifying Hoosiers into the state's new HIP 2.0 plan.
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Hundreds of thousands of Hoosiers have enrolled in Governor Pence’s healthcare program HIP 2.0 since rollout began earlier this year.  But the state wants more people to sign up, launching an ad campaign Monday to promote the program.

Halfway through its first year, more than 283,000 Hoosiers are participating in HIP 2.0.  And Family and Social Services Administration spokesman Jim Gavin says so far, enrollment has largely been achieved through word of mouth.

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Gaming
6:39 pm
Fri June 12, 2015

With Revenue Down, Lottery Overhauls Managment Contract

Credit Courtesy / Hoosier Lottery

A private company that manages Indiana’s lottery has failed to meet the state’s revenue goals for the two years it’s been in charge. In response, the State Lottery Commission Friday drastically lowered the targets the company has to meet.

As part of its contract to manage the lottery, management firm GTECH set revenue goals it had to meet or pay a penalty to the state.  It just missed the target its first year and this year it’s on track to fall short by nearly 80 million dollars, bringing in less money than last year. 

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Opinion - Politics
1:15 pm
Thu June 11, 2015

Measuring Success in Policy Not as Easy as it Seems

Andrew Downs, Director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at IPFW.
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The Indiana General Assembly completed its work right at the mandated deadline of April 29th and most of the legislation that was passed will go into effect on July 1st.  While people might think of the legislative process as being over at this point, the public policy process is not.  An often forgotten part of the process is determining whether or not a policy has worked.

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