EdFeigenbaum

Statehouse Dispatch columnist

Feigenbaum runs INGroup, a Noblesville-based firm that offers information resources related to Indiana state politics and government. An attorney and MBA, the Indiana University graduate has served as director of legal affairs for the Council of State Governments, and as director of marketing and in-house counsel for the Hudson Institute. He has directed numerous projects for the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Department of Labor, the Federal Election Commission, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and is a nationally recognized authority on state election, ethics, lobbying, and campaign finance law. His public service activities include membership on city redistricting,  planning and environmental commissions, and chairing or co-chairing several different Indiana State Bar Association and American Bar Association committees. Since 1989, he has published Indiana Legislative Insight, a widely read and respected weekly insider's newsletter that explains what's happening and why in Indiana politics and government. In 1993, he also began publishing Indiana Gaming Insight, a now bi-weekly newsletter covering Indiana's hottest new emerging industry. A third newsletter, Indiana Education Insight, debuted in 1997.

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Recent Articles

FEIGENBAUM: Big agenda awaits 2015 General Assembly

March 22, 2014
Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. The fact that snow stopped falling, temperatures started climbing, and tulips tentatively inched up from the frozen Hoosier tundra just as lawmakers left town actually has no direct connection to the end of the 2014 legislative session.
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FEIGENBAUM: Budget concerns push big ideas into next year

March 15, 2014
Amazing how deadlines—particularly pushing them forward—can ensure compromise in the General Assembly’s conference committee process.
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FEIGENBAUM: Region has much at stake as session closes

March 8, 2014
Local governments have loudly fretted about the potential loss of tax dollars from a reduction or elimination of the business personal property tax, and raised concerns about forcing intrastate competitions for business relocations.
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FEIGENBAUM: Big week ahead for unfinished Pence agenda

March 1, 2014
March 3 and 4, respectively, mark the final days for third reading of Senate bills in the House, and third reading of House bills in the Senate. Those deadlines are a significant milestone, because we’re now finished with hearings by standing committees.
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FEIGENBAUM: Lawmakers press ahead on education issues

February 22, 2014
The business community has turned a keen collective eye to a passel of bills that seek to improve education, including measures that would authorize Indianapolis Public Schools to enter into an agreement with a school-management team to establish innovative network schools, allow charter school support to be distributed at the organizer level; and create a career and technical education diploma.
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FEIGENBAUM: Revenue forecast, cold weather complicate budget

February 15, 2014
The gubernatorial legislative agenda came with a heavy price tag even as Mike Pence declared the $2 billion state surplus off limits.
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Much of ambitious legislative agenda remains alive

February 8, 2014
Despite concerns that debating a constitutional amendment defining marriage would rip our state apart, that didn’t happen and the General Assembly has proven quite productive—as well as judicious in deciding what issues not to become entangled in during the “short” session.
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Lawmakers begin to shift focus beyond HJR 3

February 1, 2014
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Bosma’s collaborative style put to huge test

January 25, 2014
The House speaker has done his utmost to downplay the importance of the proposed same-sex marriage amendment within the context of the Republican agenda this year.
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Governor's State of the State address avoids the nitty-gritty

January 18, 2014
Pence emphasized job creation, early childhood education, and quality of life, and used his speech to fit his proposals into those silos.
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Legislative agenda unusually lengthy for a short session

January 11, 2014
An uncommonly ambitious gubernatorial want-list is paired with scores of items lawmakers are coveting during the 10-week gathering.
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FEIGENBAUM: Pence's 'road map' puts Legislature in driver's seat

January 4, 2014
Each Hoosier governor brings his own style to his legislative agenda and relationship with the Indiana General Assembly.
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FEIGENBAUM: Plenty of issues for Republicans to parse

December 14, 2013
Marriage, education and child care are just some of the hot potatoes likely to receive debate.
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FEIGENBAUM: Statehouse looks to Pence and his mighty pen

May 4, 2013
Indianapolis government bill among those the governor must decide to accept or reject.
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FEIGENBAUM: Legislative session notable for minimal acrimony

April 27, 2013
When partisanship did rear its head—Indianapolis Democrats charged a GOP “power grab” in negotiations over changes in Marion County government structure—it was not disruptive.
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FEIGENBAUM: Upbeat forecast paves way for final deals

April 20, 2013
Prodding by legislative leaders and an epidemic of Hoosier common have led to compromises on contentious issues.
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FEIGENBAUM: GOP stranglehold hasn’t squelched debate

April 13, 2013
For a Legislature dominated by a Republican super-majority and with a Republican governor doing more now than just watching from the cheap seats, you should be surprised by the uncertainty over the shape—and even the fate—of several significant bills this late in the process.
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  5. I live downtown Indy and had to be in downtown Chicago for a meeting. In other words, I am the target demographic for this train. It leaves at 6:00-- early but doable. Then I saw it takes 5+ hours. No way. I drove. I'm sure I paid 3 to 5 times as much once you factor in gas, parking, and tolls, but it was reimbursed so not a factor for me. Any business traveler is going to take the option that gets there quickly and reliably... and leisure travelers are going to take the option that has a good schedule and promotional prices (i.e., Megabus). Indy to Chicago is the right distance (too short to fly but takes several hours to drive) that this train could be extremely successful even without subsidies, if they could figure out how to have several frequencies (at least 3x/day) and make the trip in a reasonable amount of time. For those who have never lived on the east coast-- Amtrak is the #1 choice for NY-DC and NY-Boston. They have the Acela service, it runs almost every hour, and it takes you from downtown to downtown. It beats driving and flying hands down. It is too bad that we cannot build something like this in the midwest, at least to connect the bigger cities.

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