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).
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.
Negotiations are underway between the state and federal government to provide healthcare coverage to more Hoosiers by expanding the Healthy Indiana Plan.
Since taking office in January, Governor Mike Pence has been singularly focused on extending the Healthy Indiana Plan for another year. The federal government granted that extension earlier this month.
Indiana’s Homeland Security director wants more clarification as to who can certify the training of school resource officers, the law enforcement personnel with extra training for the school environment.
Legislation passed last session defines school resource officer in the Indiana code, spelling out what credentials and training the officers must receive.
A bipartisan coalition of community, faith and business leaders opposing Indiana’s proposed amendment banning same sex marriage is promising a well-funded campaign against lawmakers who support the measure.
The General Assembly approved a constitutional amendment in 2011 banning same-sex marriage. The legislature must pass it again next year. Then it would go to the voters in the 2014 November general election.
The newly-formed Freedom Indiana is vowing to fight its passage.
A new collaboration between the Indiana Department of Correction and a division of the state’s Family and Social Services Administration is aimed at helping developmentally disabled offenders transition more smoothly to life outside prison.
While the developmentally disabled receive treatment while incarcerated, a new combined effort of the Department of Correction and the Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services, or DDRS, is meant to help those offenders obtain treatment once they’re outside the prison walls.
A federal judge Tuesday put a permanent halt to Indiana’s abortion law defunding Planned Parenthood. The decision ends a two-year legal battle between the state and its largest abortion provider.
Federal judge Tanya Walton Pratt first issued a preliminary injunction in 2011 against an Indiana law that cut off federal funding to abortion providers in the state – effectively meaning Planned Parenthood. Pratt’s ruling, which temporarily halted the law’s effects, has since been upheld by a federal appeals court.