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UPDATE: Bennett accepts $5,000 fine in ethics settlement

July 10, 2014
Associated Press
Former Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett has agreed to pay $5,000 as part of a settlement in which he admits to using state resources for campaign work but is cleared of formal ethics violations in a grade-change scandal.
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Panel recommends highway projects, indexed gas tax

July 9, 2014
Seth Morin, The Statehouse File
The state should index its gas tax to increase with inflation, build a new bypass around Indianapolis, and consider user fees to supplement highway funding, a transportation panel said in its recommendations Wednesday.
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Pence headed to United Kingdom for trade trip

July 9, 2014
Jessica Seabolt, The Statehouse File
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, first lady Karen Pence and state officials will travel to the United Kingdom on Saturday for an economic development mission to bring jobs and investment to Indiana.
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Indiana agencies told to ignore gay marriages

July 9, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's office is telling state agencies act as if no gay marriages had been performed last month during three days following a federal court order that found the state's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional.
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Former Heartland CEO shifts gaze to distressed neighborhoods

July 9, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Jeffrey Sparks, 63, has joined Indianapolis-based not-for-profit and public policy research group Sagamore Institute as a senior fellow. He stepped down from Heartland Truly Moving Pictures in 2013.
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State aims to raise post-secondary education attainment

July 9, 2014
Paige Clark, The Statehouse File
At least 60 percent of Indiana's workforce will need post-secondary education skills by 2025 in order to compete for jobs, Indiana Lt. Gov. Sue Ellsperman said Tuesday.
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Government made $100B in improper payments in 2013

July 9, 2014
Associated Press
By its own estimate, the U.S. government made about $100 billion in payments last year to people who may not have been entitled to receive them.
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Education battle flares between Ritz, Pence

July 8, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz accused Gov. Mike Pence's education staff and appointees to the State Board of Education of trying to "undermine" her efforts to secure a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
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INDOT staffer in ethics case seeks new work

July 7, 2014
Associated Press
A top Indiana transportation official who is under investigation for land sales that benefited his family is considering taking an executive job at an engineering firm that bids for state work.
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UPDATE: Indiana vanity plate fight could go to Legislature

July 7, 2014
Associated Press
A fuss over a police officer's vanity plate has blown up into a constitutional debate that could lead to the Indiana General Assembly deciding whether to rewrite the law or stop selling personalized license plates altogether.
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Web startup Bookit planning expansion

July 7, 2014
Dan Human
Bookit Commerce Inc., which operates the website bookacoach.com, plans to hire 93 people by 2018, the locally based company announced Monday morning.
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Pence, Ritz seek federal dollars without strings

July 6, 2014
Associated Press
Last Monday, Superintendent Glenda Ritz filed a request to continue using federal "Title I" education money with flexibility. A day later, Gov. Mike Pence asked the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to grant the state an exemption, and about $16.5 billion, to expand Medicaid using a version of the Healthy Indiana Plan.
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Pence tells feds that HIP 2.0 has broad support

July 1, 2014
 The Statehouse File
State officials say they will submit a plan Wednesday to expand the Healthy Indiana Plan to more uninsured Hoosiers using federal Medicaid dollars.
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Ex-Center Township trustee official charged with theft

July 1, 2014
Scott Olson
Federal prosecutors on Tuesday charged former CFO Alan S. Mizen, 59, of Zionsville with theft and embezzlement of federal program funds. If found guilty, he faces up to 10 years in federal prison.
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Counties worry about cost of criminal code changes

July 1, 2014
Associated Press
Sweeping changes to Indiana's criminal code took effect Tuesday that will send more low-level, nonviolent criminals to community corrections programs and jails instead of state prisons.
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State firms up crowdfunding rules for businesses

July 1, 2014
Dan Human
Indiana firms can use the Internet to raise up to $2 million in a single securities offering, and Hoosiers can invest up to $5,000 each online, according to new state rules.
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Ex-Center Township Trustee official faces charges

July 1, 2014
 IBJ Staff
U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett has scheduled a Tuesday afternoon press conference to announce the arrest of a former public official from the Center Township Trustee’s Office.
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Key aide to Pence heading back to private sector

July 1, 2014
Associated Press
Gov. Mike Pence announced Monday that Deputy Chief of Staff Marilee Springer would be returning to Indianapolis law firm Ice Miller.
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Obama lauds former CEO as right choice to fix VA

June 30, 2014
Associated Press
A former Army captain, Robert McDonald would bring a blend of corporate and military experience to a bureaucracy reeling from revelations of chronic, system-wide failure and veterans dying while on long waiting lists for treatment.
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Concerns raised over possible rate hike for electric cars

June 30, 2014
Alec Gray, The Statehouse File
The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor and Rep. Cherrish Pryor are both voicing concerns about a potential rate increase proposed by Indianapolis Power & Light that could help fund some of the start-up costs for the BlueIndy electric-car-sharing project.
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GOP bucking business priorities on Capitol Hill

June 30, 2014
Associated Press
Traditional ties between the business community and the Republican Party are fraying in Washington, D.C., where the House GOP has bucked corporate interests on a series of priorities this year, from immigration to highway funding to trade.
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Obama taps business exec to oversee troubled VA

June 29, 2014
Associated Press
President Barack Obama plans to nominate former Procter & Gamble executive and Indiana native Robert McDonald as the next Veterans Affairs secretary, as the White House seeks to shore up an agency beset by problems.
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Flurry of new laws set to take effect in Indiana

June 28, 2014
Associated Press
Beginning Tuesday, guns will be allowed in school parking lots, beer and alcohol will be legal for sale at the Indiana State Fair and veterans will have more support from the state as they seek new careers.
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Agency opposes hike for electric carsRestricted Content

June 28, 2014
 IBJ Staff
David Stippler, whose job is to advocate for utility consumers, thinks Mayor Greg Ballard’s quest to have Indianapolis Power & Light customers pay the startup costs for an electric-car-sharing service sets a dangerous precedent.
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Appeals court stops gay marriage in Indiana

June 27, 2014
 IBJ Staff,  The Statehouse File
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday night stopped county clerks from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, a move that throws hundreds of unions performed over the past two days into limbo.
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  1. Now if he'd just stay there...

  2. Daniel - what about the many US citizens who do NOT follow what the Bible teaches? The Hindus, Jews, Muslims and others who are all American citizens entitled to all rights as Americans?? This issue has NOTHING to do with "What the Bible says..." Keep all Churches separate from State! Pence's ongoing idiocy continues to make Indiana look like a backwards, homophobic state in the eyes of our nation. Can't we move on to bigger issues - like educating our kids?

  3. 1. IBJ should link to the referenced report. We are in the age of electronic media...not sharing information is lazy. Here is a link http://www.in.gov/gov/files/Blue_Ribbon_Panel_Report_July_9_2014.pdf 2. The article should provide more clarity about the make-up of this panel. The commenters are making this item out to be partisan, it does not appear the panel is partisan. Here is a list of the panel which appears to be balanced with different SME to add different perspectives http://www.in.gov/activecalendar/EventList.aspx?view=EventDetails&eventidn=138116?formation_id=189603 3. It suggests a by-pass, I do not see where this report suggests another "loop". 4. Henry, based on your kneejerk reaction, we would be better off if you moved to another state unless your post was meant as sarcasm in which case I say Well Done. 5. The article and report actually indicates need to improve rail and port infrastructure in direct contradiction to Shayla commentary. Specifically, recommendation is to consider passenger rail projects... 6. People have a voice with their elected officials. These are suggestions and do not represent "crony capitalism", etc. The report needs to be analyzed and the legislature can decide on priorities and spending. Don't like it, then vote in a new legislature but quit artificially creating issues where there are none! People need to sift through the politics and provide constructive criticism to the process rather than making uninformed comments in a public forum based on misinformation. IBJ should work harder to correct the record in these forums when blatant errors or misrepresentations are made.

  4. Joe ... Marriage is defined in the Bible ... it is mentioned in the Bible often. Marriage is not mentioned once in the US or Indiana Constitution ...

  5. Daniel - Educate me please: what does the Bible have to do with laws? If the government wasn't in the business of marriage to begin with, then it wouldn't have to "define" marriage at all. Marriage could be left as a personal, religious, or otherwise unregulated action, with no ties to taxes, legal status, etc. Then people could marry whomever they want, and all this silliness would go away. Remember to vote Libertarian in November.

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