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Report: School counselors doing less counseling

May 21, 2014
A new report finds school counselors in Indiana are focusing an increasing amount of time on work that’s not associated with their primary roles as advisers and less time helping kids deal with life issues or college and job preparation.
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Pence names first woman to top utility regulatory post

May 20, 2014
Carol Stephan, who was first appointed a commissioner earlier this year, will take over the post vacated by Jim Atterholt, who stepped down this month to become the governor’s chief of staff.
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Preschool education bill could be in trouble

February 19, 2014
The chairman of the Senate education committee said some senators are concerned about the bill–which would create a five-county pilot preschool program–due to its cost and connection to the state’s private school voucher system.
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Sen. Delph wants last-ditch edit to gay-marriage amendment

February 17, 2014
After an extended Twitter tirade over the weekend stemming from a Senate move stalling the amendment, Sen. Mike Delph on Monday pledged to use a procedural maneuver to resurrect deleted language.
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House panel takes corporate tax increase out of mass transit bill

February 12, 2014
If the House approves the bill as amended, it will set up a debate between the Republican-controlled chambers about who pays for expanded transit.
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Statehouse update: Teacher evaluations, Christmas, meth disclosure, more

February 4, 2014
Indiana lawmakers made decisions on a number of bills Monday at the Statehouse, including legislation involving hunting and fishing, home health care, cardiac arrest and more.
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Senate bill seeks to cut corporate income and property taxes

January 9, 2014
The proposal from Republican leaders would make small companies exempt from tax on business equipment, and cleave the state's corporate income tax to the second-lowest in the nation.
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Report: Ditching business property tax shifts burden to others

December 26, 2013
Gov. Mike Pence's plan to eliminate the tax on business equipment would mean significantly higher taxes for other property owners if the state took no specific action to protect them, according to a new analysis.
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Ritz proposes veterans-to-teacher scholarship program

November 11, 2013
Veterans could receive scholarships and college credits for their military experience if they pursue K-12 teaching in Indiana under a bipartisan proposal.
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State AG moves to block Ritz's lawsuit against ed board

October 24, 2013
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller has asked the Marion Circuit Court to dismiss a lawsuit Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz filed this week against 10 members of the State Board of Education she chairs.
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  1. The deductible is entirely paid by the POWER account. No one ever has to contribute more than $25/month into the POWER account and it is often less. The only cost not paid out of the POWER account is the ER copay ($8-25) for non-emergent use of the ER. And under HIP 2.0, if a member calls the toll-free, 24 hour nurse line, and the nurse tells them to go to the ER, the copay is waived. It's also waived if the member is admitted to the hospital. Honestly, although it is certainly not "free" - I think Indiana has created a decent plan for the currently uninsured. Also consider that if a member obtains preventive care, she can lower her monthly contribution for the next year. Non-profits may pay up to 75% of the contribution on behalf of the member, and the member's employer may pay up to 50% of the contribution.

  2. I wonder if the governor could multi-task and talk to CMS about helping Indiana get our state based exchange going so Hoosiers don't lose subsidy if the court decision holds. One option I've seen is for states to contract with healthcare.gov. Or maybe Indiana isn't really interested in healthcare insurance coverage for Hoosiers.

  3. So, how much did either of YOU contribute? HGH Thank you Mr. Ozdemir for your investments in this city and your contribution to the arts.

  4. So heres brilliant planning for you...build a $30 M sports complex with tax dollars, yet send all the hotel tax revenue to Carmel and Fishers. Westfield will unlikely never see a payback but the hotel "centers" of Carmel and Fishers will get rich. Lousy strategy Andy Cook!

  5. AlanB, this is how it works...A corporate welfare queen makes a tiny contribution to the arts and gets tons of positive media from outlets like the IBJ. In turn, they are more easily to get their 10s of millions of dollars of corporate welfare (ironically from the same people who are against welfare for humans).

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