Politics & Government

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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Politics & Government
12:59 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

FSSA Wants to Expand Healthy Indiana Plan

Indiana FSSA Secretary Debra Minott.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

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. 

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Politics & Government
2:58 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Official: Clarification Needed on School Resource Officer Training

Indiana Homeland Security Director John Hill.
Credit Courtesy / Indiana Department of Homeland Security

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. 

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Politics & Government
1:27 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Group Vows to Fight Gay Marriage Ban

Indiana Equality Action President Chris Paulsen speaks to supporters at Freedom Indiana's Wednesday launch.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

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. 

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Politics & Government
11:24 am
Wed August 7, 2013

State to Help Disabled Offenders Reintegrate After Prison

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. 

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Politics & Government
12:12 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Planned Parenthood Defunding Battle Ends

Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky President Betty Cockrum.

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. 

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Politics & Government
10:46 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Committee Set to Add Transparency at DCS

Lawmakers say a new Department of Child Services oversight committee will help increase the agency’s transparency by developing a greater sense of collaboration between the legislature and DCS.

The DCS Oversight Committee was created last legislative session as part of a larger Commission on Improving the Status of Children.

Middlebury Republican Senator Carlin Yoder, who chairs the committee, says it was created because of struggles DCS went through the last several years.

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