Politics & Government

Politics & Government
4:09 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Pence Says Tax Conference is About Complexity, Not Revenue

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.
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An Indiana Tax Conference held Tuesday focused on simplifying the state’s tax system.  Governor Mike Pence says a simpler code will be a big part of his legislative agenda next session.

Participants at the conference included Arthur Laffer, the principal architect of Reaganomics, anti-tax activist Grover Norquist, and former Bush administration economic advisor Al Hubbard. 

Their message is uniform: Indiana’s tax code is too complex and must be simplified to create a better environment for economic growth. 

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Politics & Government
2:28 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Conference Aims to Open Discussion on Hoosier Tax Climate

Governor Mike Pence will convene a tax conference in Indianapolis this week that he says will bring together leading tax reform thinkers to focus on making Indiana’s tax climate more competitive.

The Indiana Tax Competitiveness and Simplification Conference will feature more than two hundred national and local tax experts in an effort to develop recommendations for the Pence administration and General Assembly. 

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Politics & Government
1:50 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Pence Says Minott Departure a "Change in Direction"

Indiana FSSA Secretary Debra Minott said Monday she would be leaving her position in one to two months.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Governor Mike Pence is offering little explanation about the pending departure of Family and Social Services Secretary Debra Minott, saying only that he wants a “change in direction.”

In a statement released Monday, Minott said she would be transitioning out of her role within a month or two and would work with Governor Pence to ensure that transition is orderly. 

In a separate statement, Pence simply thanked Minott for her service, while his office cited a desire to change direction at the agency as the reason for the move.  A day later, Pence was saying the same thing.

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Politics & Government
4:54 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Indiana Preps HIP 2.0 Ahead of Federal Approval

FSSA Secretary Debra Minott says her agency is moving forward with HIP 2.0 preparations on the assumption the feds will approve the plan.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Indiana’s Family and Social Services Administration is preparing for implementation of HIP 2.0, its healthcare expansion plan, even though federal approval of the program could still be months away.

Only Hoosiers earning up to 100 percent of the federal poverty level – about $24,000 for a family of four – are eligible for the current Healthy Indiana Plan.  That leaves more than 300,000 people without affordable health insurance coverage.  HIP 2.0 would expand that up to 138 percent of the poverty level – about $33,000 per year. 

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Politics & Government
3:50 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

WBOI Presents: The Mount Vernon Assembly and Constitutional Amendments

Ind. Sen. David Long addresses a meeting of The Mount Vernon Assembly, which met in Indianapolis this month.
Credit Andrew Downs / for WBOI News

A group of state legislators from around the United States met June 12th and 13th at the Indiana Statehouse to discuss an idea that's never been tested: a convention of the states aimed at amending the U.S. Constitution.

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Politics & Government
2:59 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Henry Vetoes Collective Bargaining Proposal

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry vetoed a city council proposal Friday that would strip some city employees of their collective bargaining rights.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

Mayor Tom Henry officially vetoed the Fort Wayne City Council’s decision to end collective bargaining rights for non-public safety union workers Friday.

This is only the second veto Henry has issued as mayor. The democrat has strongly advocated against the collective bargaining measure since it was introduced.

The vote to eliminate collective bargaining ran along party lines - Henry says the measure is a step backwards, and suspects political motives by the some council members.  

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Politics & Government
3:40 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Corrections Coming for Criminal Code Update

Ind. Reps. Greg Steuerwald and Matt Pierce speaking about the coming technical corrections to the Indiana criminal code.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

The full General Assembly will meet at the Statehouse Tuesday to make changes to the state’s criminal code overhaul before the law takes effect July first.

The bulk of Indiana’s overhaul of the criminal code was passed in 2013.  But lawmakers put off its effective date until this summer so they could make further changes during the 2014 legislative session. 

In the wake of this year’s session, legislators and prosecutors have identified a few issues, mostly involving technical errors within the more than four hundred page bill. 

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Politics & Government
12:23 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

National Group Set to Discuss U.S. Constitution in Indianapolis

Indiana Senate President Pro-Tem David Long says the Mount Vernon Assembly is fighting the erosion of states' rights.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

More than a hundred legislators from around the country will gather in Indianapolis this week to lay the foundation for a future constitutional convention.  Indiana Senate President Pro Tem David Long says the gathering comes as state lawmakers grow increasingly concerned about what they see as overreach by the federal government.

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Politics & Government
2:09 pm
Sun June 8, 2014

Mitchell Wins GOP Nomination for Treasurer

Kelly Mitchell addressing the Indiana GOP convention in Fort Wayne after winning the party's nomination for State Treasurer.
Credit Sean Bueter / WBOI News

 

The Indiana GOP convention ran late into Saturday afternoon after a floor fight for the Indiana Treasurer nomination went through multiple votes.

There were three candidates for the Republican nomination for state treasurer going into the vote: financial advisor Don Bates; state employee Kelly Mitchell; and Marion Mayor Wayne Seybold.

The first ballot was a relative toss-up, and while the second ballot showed Mitchell gaining votes, no candidate received a majority.

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Politics & Government
6:43 pm
Sat June 7, 2014

GOP Platform Includes Traditional Marriage Language

Some GOP delegates wanted to strike language from the new party platform defining marriage as between one man and one woman. Their amendment failed in a floor vote.
Credit Sean Bueter / WBOI News

The Indiana Republican Party passed a platform Saturday endorsing marriage that some delegates found divisive.

The language officially adopted by the party says that strong families are founded on marriages between a man and a woman. It also recognizes the value of diversity in family structures.

But the plank didn't sit well with some delegates, who saw the position as divisive and wanted to amend the platform to remove the definition all together.

Marion County delegate Tom John proposed such an amendment to the platform during the convention.

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