Politics & Government

Politics & Government
1:04 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Pence Vows to Fight New EPA Regulations

Governor Mike Pence says he will use everything at his disposal to oppose new proposed federal regulations seeking to reduce carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants.

President Obama announced Monday the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed regulations seek to reduce carbon emissions 30 percent by the year 2030.  Eighty percent of Indiana’s energy comes from coal power plants and Governor Pence says for a state so reliant on that source, the EPA’s proposal would be devastating for the Hoosier economy. 

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Politics & Government
2:18 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Treasurer Nomination Up for Grabs as GOP Convention Nears

Indiana Republican Party Chairman Tim Berry.
Credit File / Tim Berry Campaign

Indiana Republican Party Chair Tim Berry says he hopes his party’s upcoming state convention will show Hoosiers that the GOP can come together and have fun.

There are three statewide positions up for election this fall – Secretary of State, Auditor and Treasurer. 

Democrats had already decided on their three nominees going into the state party convention, and Republicans have incumbents running for Secretary of State and Auditor – Connie Lawson and Suzanne Crouch.  But three candidates are vying for the GOP’s state Treasurer nomination in what’s expected to be a hotly-contested convention fight.

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Opinion - Politics
5:09 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Summer Committees Offer Legislative Insight

Andrew Downs, Director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at IPFW.
Credit Courtesy / Andrew Downs

The Indiana General Assembly meets in session until the end of April in odd-numbered years.  This is known as the long-session and is when the two-year budget is drafted and approved. 

In even-numbered years, the General Assembly meets in session until the middle of March.  This is known as the short-session.  You can see the archive of legislative activity and deadline information here

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Politics & Government
4:39 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Fort Wayne City Council Ends Collective Bargaining for Public Employees

Hundreds of union workers packed Citizen's Square Tuesday to protest measures that would remove collective bargaining for city employees.
Credit Sean Bueter / WBOI News

The Fort Wayne City Council voted Tuesday night to end collective bargaining for municipal employees who are not considered public safety workers.

There were three related measures up for consideration at Tuesday’s meeting, but only one was put up for a vote.

That bill removes the ability to collectively bargain from all city employees except police and firefighters. It passed along partisan lines while the other bills were permanently tabled.

Republican Councilmen John Crawford and Russ Jehl proposed the measures earlier this month.

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Politics & Government
3:08 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Interviews: John Crawford and Tim Pape on Collective Bargaining

The Fort Wayne City Council meets again Tuesday to discuss and possibly vote on a series of proposals aimed at limiting collective bargaining for city employees.

Councilmen John Crawford and Russ Jehl introduced the measures earlier this month, citing the high cost of both the collective bargaining process and union employee benefits.

The debate has been heated, and before the council convenes, both sides were given a chance to share their views with WBOI News.

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Politics & Government
5:02 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Some Lawmakers Concerned Indiana Pension Privatization Delay is Too Short

Legislation passed this year required the Indiana Public Retirement System Board to delay privatizing a part of the public pension system.  But some lawmakers are concerned the delay isn’t long enough.

The INPRS Board voted last summer to privatize annuity savings accounts offered to public retirees in part because of what the board felt were unsustainable interest rates.  Under INPRS management, the accounts earned a fixed interest rate of seven and a half percent, while the rate would be considerably lower under private management, which uses market rates. 

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Politics & Government
4:55 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Pence Proposal Replaces Medicaid with HIP 2.0

The Pence Administration is seeking a waiver to replace Indiana’s Medicaid program with a new version of the Healthy Indiana Plan. Pence says HIP 2.0 will feature three new options for uninsured Hoosiers.

Speaking at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis today, Governor Pence unveiled a new state-sponsored health care plan that would cover Hoosiers who earn up to 138% of the federal poverty limit.

Like the original Healthy Indiana Plan, HIP 2.0 asks individuals to pay into a health savings account. Those who do will be eligible for a new top tier plan called HIP PLUS.

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Politics & Government
2:24 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Locally-Focused Races Could Mean Lower Turnout at the Polls

There are no statewide races on the ballot in tomorrow’s primary. That hasn’t happened in Indiana in more than a decade, and could generate low voter turnout.

This is the first time since 2002 that there have been no statewide races on the primary ballot.  Only three statewide races will take place this fall – Secretary of State, Treasurer and Auditor – and candidates for those positions are decided at party conventions this summer. 

Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson says it’s difficult to get a sense of what turnout this election will be like.

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Opinion - Politics
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.
Credit Courtesy / Andrew Downs

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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