Politics & Government

Politics & Government
5:01 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Report: "Energizing Indiana" Was Cost Effective

Energizing Indiana, the state's energy efficiency program, was canceled earlier this 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.

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Politics & Government
4:17 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

State Will Fund Adoption Subsidies for Children with Special Needs

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. 

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Politics & Government
5:37 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Donnelly Lauds Farm Bill on Statewide Tour

U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly of Indiana.
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U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly says the new Farm Bill is good legislation for the times the nation is facing.  Donnelly is traveling around the state this week talking to farmers about the bill.

Donnelly says the most recent version of the farm bill is strong in two important areas: a greater shift toward crop insurance and greater focus on conservation. 

The Indiana Democrat says past farm bills relied heavily on direct payments to farmers; the new bill does away with them almost entirely, which he says is better for taxpayers as well as farmers.

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Politics & Government
3:58 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Effort to Clean Up Voter Rolls Continues

Indiana Sec. of State Connie Lawson.
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Indiana has identified more than 700,000 voter records that need to be updated or marked inactive in its effort to clean up the state’s voter rolls.

Earlier this year, Secretary of State Connie Lawson’s office sent postcards to every Hoosier on the voter list.  More than 750,000 came back as undeliverable. 

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Politics & Government
5:46 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Attorney General Undecided on Appeal to Athiest Celebrant Rulilng

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.

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Politics & Government
2:48 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Public Corruption Still a Key Focus, Despite Hogsett's Departure

Retiring U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett says the work of the Public Corruption Working Group will continue.
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Joe Hogsett says the U.S. Attorney’s office’s focus on public corruption cases won’t lessen even as he leaves his role leading the office to join the private sector.

Hogsett says when he took office in 2010, a District Court judge told him the office of U.S. Attorney for Indiana’s Southern District hadn’t prosecuted a public corruption case in 20 years. 

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Politics & Government
4:45 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

State Support of Hoosier Rail Line Unclear

Responsibility for funding the Hoosier State line is shifting from the state to communities along the line.
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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. 

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Opinion - Politics
5:30 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

How Regulation Can Build Community

Andrew Downs, Director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at IPFW.
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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. 

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Fort Wayne
4:26 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

GOP Leader Proposes City Worker Protections

Allen County Republican Party Chairman Steve Shine.
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Allen County’s Republican Party leader has a new proposal to protect workers he says will “smooth the edges” of Fort Wayne’s recent ban on collective bargaining for most city employees.

Chairman Steve Shine sent a letter to Republican members of the Fort Wayne City Council Friday urging them to create an appeals process for city workers that would ensure fairness in firing and disciplinary decisions.

Shine says he was initially approached on the matter by Jeremy Bush with the Fort Wayne Professional Firefighers union, who asked him to intercede with a proposal.

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Politics & Government
2:26 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Pence Says Recent ACA Rulings Point to Repeal

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.
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Governor Mike Pence says recent court rulings on the Affordable Care Act should send a message to Congress to repeal the controversial healthcare law.

Two federal appeals courts this week issued conflicting rulings on subsidies offered to consumers who purchase health insurance through federally-run exchanges – one court invalidated them, the other upheld them. 

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