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3:05 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Remembering the Past To Help the Future

Andrew Downs, Director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at IPFW.
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May is National Historic Preservation Month.  This is the month when federal, state, and local governments, non-profits, and other organizations engage in a special effort to instill pride in our histories, promote heritage tourism, and show the economic and social benefits of historic preservation. 

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Politics & Government
3:42 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

New State Coalition Takes Aim at Corruption

Indiana State Examiner Paul Joyce and Attorney General Greg Zoeller announced the creation of the new Public Integrity Coalition Tuesday.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller Tuesday announced the creation of the Public Integrity Coalition, aimed at helping curb public corruption in Indiana.

Attorney General Zoeller describes his role in the coalition as a “force-multiplier,” facilitating efforts between groups such as the State Board of Accounts and the Association of Indiana Counties along with local government leaders to educate and train public officials and employees on best practices for handling taxpayer dollars. 

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Politics & Government
2:16 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Committee Eyes Streamlined Adoption Process

A study committee this summer will look at streamlining Indiana’s adoption process to further Governor Mike Pence’s goal of promoting adoption in the state.

Legislation passed this year funds a new adoption tax credit, about one thousand dollars per adopted child.  It also creates an adoption study committee made up of people with experience in the field, including representatives from the Department of Child Services and adoption agencies, adoptive parents, and judges with adoption case experience. 

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Politics & Government
7:09 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Economic Shift Points Pence's Focus to Energy

Gov. Mike Pence says Indiana needs to rethink its energy strategy as the state's economy evolves.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

The Pence administration is developing a comprehensive energy plan that the governor says will take a balanced look at Indiana’s energy environment.

Governor Pence’s predecessor, Mitch Daniels, unveiled a strategic energy plan just eight years ago.  The goal was to meet the state’s energy needs by involving clean coal technologies, renewable energy sources and greater energy efficiency. 

Pence says the need for a new state energy plan arises from concerns about an economic shift.

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Politics & Government
5:05 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Pence Signs Pre-K Pilot Bill

Gov. Mike Pence signed the pre-K pilot bill Thursday at DayStar Childcare Ministries in Indianapolis.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Governor Mike Pence signed legislation Thursday to create a preschool pilot program he says is the beginning of a new chapter of hope and opportunity for Indiana’s disadvantaged children.

The program will provide anywhere between two thousand and six thousand dollars per child so low-income Hoosier kids in five counties can attend a high quality preschool program.  Governor Pence signed the bill at DayStar Childcare Ministries in Indianapolis. 

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Opinion - Politics
4:32 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

No One Said It Would Be Easy

Andrew Downs, Director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at IPFW.
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Minnesota has one of those problems many states would like to have. It is trying to figure out what do to with a growing budget surplus.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the January seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Minnesota was the ninth best rate in the United States at 4.7% and the economy is growing.  Short-term projections for the state are that there will be 42,000 more jobs by the fourth quarter of 2014 than there were in the fourth quarter of 2013. 

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Politics & Government
2:08 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Group Wants Pence to Veto Bill That Ends Energy Conservation Plan

Legislation that made its way to Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s desk would halt a state-run energy conservation plan. But a coalition opposing the bill is petitioning Pence for a veto.

Former Gov. Mitch Daniels created the Energizing Indiana plan in 2009 to increase the number of energy conservation programs available to rate payers throughout the state. The program also put in place mandatory energy savings benchmarks for private utility companies.

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Politics & Government
5:11 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

As Crimean Referendum Nears, Coats Calls for Consequences

Sen. Dan Coats (R-IN) co-authored a senate resolution condemning Russia's actions in Ukraine. The resolution passed unanimously this week.
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On Sunday, citizens in Crimea will vote on a referendum to decide whether or not to secede from Ukraine.

The interim government in Ukraine -- and much of the West -- says the referendum is illegal and it won’t recognize the result.

All this comes amid growing concerns about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s influence in the region. Russia has been raising its military profile near Ukraine in recent weeks.

This week, the United States Senate unanimously passed a resolution condemning Putin’s actions and calling for consequences unless Putin relents.

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Politics & Government
3:38 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Lawmakers Hear Testimony on Hoosier Gun Bill

Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, testified Monday against a bill allowing guns on school property.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Legislation that would allow guns to be locked in cars on school property is attracting national attention.  The head of an anti-gun violence group testified Monday in a committee hearing on the bill.

Proposed legislation would allow licensed gun owners to keep their guns locked in their cars on school property, which is currently a felony. 

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Politics & Government
2:56 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Drug Testing For Welfare Recipients Heads to Senate Floor

Brookville Rep. Jud McMillan, who authored the bill requiring some Indiana welfare recipients to undergo drug testing.
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The Senate sponsor of a bill requiring some welfare recipients to be drug tested says he thinks he’s found the right balance for the measure to pass.

The original welfare drug testing bill would have required all welfare recipients to submit to a pre-screening test that determines a likelihood of addiction. Those showing that likelihood would then be subject to a drug test. 

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