Legislative leaders say an aggressive push by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation likely won’t influence final negotiations over how much money to put into the governor’s Regional Cities Initiative. The initiative is meant to help foster greater collaboration in economic development between communities around the state.
The governor’s proposed budget puts $42 million a year towards the IEDC project. The House and Senate scaled that back to $10 million a year.
The Indiana Department of Transportation has new leadership after Commissioner Karl Browning abruptly resigned Wednesday. Gov. Mike Pence won’t say why the longtime official is leaving.
Karl Browning has led INDOT since 2013, and previously served as Commissioner from 2006 to 2009. He submitted his resignation via email to the governor Wednesday morning, saying he was proud of his accomplishments but that it was “time to move on.”
As lawmakers negotiate the final details of gaming legislation, the future of live dealers at racetrack casinos remains one of the most controversial provisions. Racino advocates made a final public plea Wednesday.
When the gaming bill left the House, it allowed racinos to replace some electronic games with tables that have live dealers. The Senate altered that arrangement, instead allowing racinos to add live dealers beginning in 2021.
Members of the public Friday got their last chance to weigh in on the budget bill this session. Retiree advocates made a plea for more spending even as a gloomy new revenue forecast has lawmakers looking to cut money out of their budget proposals.
The so-called “13th check” is an additional yearly benefit for retired public employees and teachers. The amount can range from $150-$450.
The Senate Wednesday narrowly approved a bill eliminating the state’s common construction wage. Legislators spent more than three hours over the past two days debating the issue of repealing Indiana’s minimum wage for construction workers on public projects.
Opponents of the bill like Portage Democrat Karen Tallian note that the common wage helps support job training programs and ensures public projects are properly built by well-trained, highly paid workers.
Thousands of construction workers gathered at the Statehouse Monday to loudly protest a bill eliminating the state’s common construction wage. It’s the latest in a battle over the future of the minimum wage in public projects.
More than 2,000 predominantly union workers and contractors filled the south lawn of the Statehouse, listening to industry leaders and lawmakers oppose a bill repealing the common wage law.
The Senate Republican budget proposal mirrors its House counterpart in setting aside $400 million for future road projects. The chamber's budget leader says he’d like to keep that money in state coffers the next two years.
In the 2013 budget, lawmakers created the Major Moves 2020 fund that put aside $400 million for future projects. But the Pence administration, with State Budget Committee approval, took that money and spent it on road projects over the last two years.
Republican legislative leaders say they want to help turn the tide against the backlash that’s erupted over Indiana’s so-called religious freedom bill. They say that will involve making it clear the law does not allow discrimination.