Politics & Government

Politics & Government
5:00 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Gay Marriage Ban Gets Its First Hearing at the Statehouse

The Indiana State Capitol in Indianapolis.

People on both sides of the debate over Indiana’s proposed same sex marriage ban amendment spoke passionately for hours in front of a packed House chamber Monday, as the amendment made its first legislative stop in a House committee.

The House Judiciary Committee audience was a sea of red – that’s the color opponents of the marriage amendment known as HJR-3 chose to wear.  Those who testified before the committee in opposition to the amendment were from a diverse background – there were leaders from Indiana’s business and faith communities, legal experts and average citizens. 

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Politics & Government
4:00 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Bill Aims to Clarify Gay Marriage Ban; Legislators Disagee On Its Meaning

Indiana Senate President Pro-Tem David Long at the statehouse Thursday.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Republican legislative leaders say a companion bill to the state’s proposed constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage is meant to ease concerns some have expressed over the potential effect of the amendment. 

But GOP leaders still can’t agree on what the amendment or companion bill will do.

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Politics & Government
2:20 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Bosma Unveils 2014 Agenda, Targets Business Tax

Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma unveiled the 2014 House GOP agenda Wednesday at the statehouse.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

House Speaker Brian Bosma Wednesday proposed what he calls the “smart way” to reduce Indiana’s business personal property tax.  But the plan wouldn’t completely eliminate the tax.

Governor Mike Pence made elimination of the business personal property tax the cornerstone of his 2014 legislative agenda.  He stopped short, however, of identifying a specific way to get rid of the levy on business equipment that brings in a billion dollars a year to local governments. 

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Politics & Government
4:20 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Extended Interview: Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry.
Credit Courtesy / City of Fort Wayne

2013 is already in the history books, but before we leave it behind, we wanted to survey the year gone by with the man at the center of some of Fort Wayne’s biggest stories.

WBOI’s Sean Bueter recently talked to Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry about some of the city’s victories and challenges in 2013, and asked him to look ahead to the new year.

This is the extended interview with Mayor Henry, including portions of the conversation not included on-air.

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Politics & Government
4:05 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Few Details Coming Out On Pence's 2014 Agenda

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence isn't giving many specifics on his 2014 legislative agenda, saying he wants "to give legislators the broadest possible range to develop how they think this might work best giving consideration to all of the interests involved."
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Governor Mike Pence is still short on specifics as he outlines his legislative agenda for the upcoming session.  And he says that’s not an accident.

The governor’s legislative agenda includes a preschool voucher program, a teacher innovation fund, increased tax relief and a phase-out of the business personal property tax – a levy that sends a billion dollars to local governments each year. 

Each of those items will have a significant fiscal impact and so far, Pence has been coy in talking about ways to pay for his plans.  He says that’s for good reason.

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Politics & Government
7:28 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Dermody Could Have Big Impact On Hoosier Gaming

A new chairman in the Indiana House Public Policy committee is giving gaming industry officials hope for more success in the legislature.

Indiana’s gaming industry has been hit hard in the last few years, both by the recession and increased competition from neighboring states. 

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Politics & Government
4:42 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Interview: AARP President Rob Romasco on Changes to Social Security

AARP President Rob Romasco.
Credit Courtesy / AARP

Members of congress began their latest budget talks Wednesday as they look for ways to cut spending and the national deficit.

One of the proposals Americans are likely to see is a change in the way the government measures inflation, moving from the long-standard consumer price index to something called chained CPI (the Washington Post explained the concept here).

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Politics & Government
11:59 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Pelath Wants State to Speed Up Bennett Investigation

Indiana House Minority Leader Scott Pelath is raising questions about the speed of the state's investigation into former Indiana Superintendent Tony Bennett's grade changing controversy.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Indiana House Minority Leader Scott Pelath says he sees no sense of urgency from the state Inspector General in the investigation into the school grade changing scandal involving former State Superintendent Tony Bennett.

Reports first surfaced in late July that former Indiana Superintendent Tony Bennett altered school accountability letter grades in 2012 after an Indianapolis charter school – a favorite of Bennett’s team – would have received a mediocre rating. Multiple investigations have been launched into the matter, including one by the Indiana Inspector General.

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Politics & Government
12:42 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

New Works Councils Face Tight Deadline

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Indiana’s new Regional Works Councils have a deadline fast approaching – but only one of the 11 councils has met.

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Politics & Government
2:38 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Health Insurance Exchanges: How Indiana Got Here

The federal government is rolling out one of the key provisions of the Affordable Care Act this week, as the mandated health insurance exchanges open their digital doors Oct. 1.

All this week we’ll be walking through some of the practical implications of Indiana’s exchange.

But first, we look back at the Hoosier State’s political road to a federally-run exchange.

 

The Affordable Care Act mandated the creation of health insurance exchanges—essentially, marketplaces for insurers and consumers.

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