Government

Democrats raise doubts about Ballard’s preschool plan

September 11, 2014
Hayleigh Colombo, Chalkbeat indiana
Funding concerns involving the homestead credit have prompted work on an alternative plan that Democrats expect to unveil soon.
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Indiana auditor posts state assets online

September 11, 2014
Associated Press
The new online tool includes everything from state buildings to vehicles valued at $500 or more.
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Financial services firm to hire up to 153 in Castleton

September 10, 2014
Greg Andrews
Chicago-based Cortland Capital Market Services, which has $40 billion in assets under administration, has begun hiring for a variety of financial positions. The Indiana Economic Development Corp. has agreed to provide Cortland up to $1.8 million in tax credits.
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Pence says pricey new program will save money

September 9, 2014
Associated Press
Gov. Mike Pence unveiled a new government management program Tuesday, one that he promised will improve efficiency and save the state money in the long run but that comes with a hefty price tag.
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Indiana appeals marriage ruling to U.S. Supreme Court

September 9, 2014
 The Statehouse File
Attorney General Greg Zoeller filed an appeal on Tuesday, asking the justices to overturn last week’s 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that declared Indiana’s marriage law unconstitutional.
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Kokomo council rejects ban on smoking in bars

September 9, 2014
Associated Press
Council members voted 5-4 Monday night to defeat the proposed ordinance after one councilman who voted to support it last month switched his vote.
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Feds OKs $1.8 million for health exchange helpers

September 9, 2014
Associated Press
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is sending Indiana money to help the state's health care plan navigators sign up more residents through a federally run exchange.
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U.S.-Japan group calls for finishing trade pact

September 8, 2014
Associated Press
Government officials from the United States and Japan called Monday for completion of an international trade agreement that they said would strengthen ties between the two allies and help both countries recover from their own economic struggles.
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Indianapolis council OKs public safety tax hike

September 8, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
In a 19-10 bipartisan vote, the Indianapolis City-County Council approved a hike in the public-safety income tax. The 43-percent increase will bring the total local income tax rate to 1.77 percent.
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Court order keeps suspension of vanity plate sales

September 8, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana Supreme Court says the Bureau of Motor Vehicles can continue suspending sales of vanity plates until a court case is settled.
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Pence, other governors meet with Japanese trade officials

September 8, 2014
Associated Press
This year's goal for the Midwest U.S-Japan Association is to find opportunities for the Midwest's environmental, health and wellness sectors as the population of Japan and the U.S. states age.
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Treasury explores ways to limit profitability of overseas shifts

September 8, 2014
Associated Press
Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said Monday the Obama administration will decide "in the very near future" what actions it can take to make it less profitable for U.S. companies to shift their legal addresses to other countries.
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Pence's pivot to the middle annoys far-right base

September 7, 2014
Associated Press analysis
Many in GOP circles are keeping close watch on the first-term governor, especially those on the far right who are showing signs of disillusionment.
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Indiana works to avoid record-low election turnout

September 6, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana's top elections official and leaders of both political parties are turning to traditional and social media and door-to-door visits in hopes of getting more residents to vote in the November general election.
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Ideal owners needed for tricky north-side properties

September 6, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Size and age complicate the sale of several prominent structures in Boone and Hamilton counties.
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Taxi drivers settle with Speedway over confiscated licenses

September 5, 2014
Scott Olson
Under the agreement, drivers who had their licenses taken by police on the day of the 2013 Indianapolis 500 will receive a payment and assurances that the town won't take similar action on race days.
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Obamacare tax rule that split appeals courts gets rehearing

September 5, 2014
Bloomberg News
The full U.S. Court of Appeals will rehear a case on Obamacare tax subsidies, granting a government request in a move that may reduce chances of a new Supreme Court showdown over a central part of the law.
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Unemployment rate dips even as hiring slows

September 5, 2014
Associated Press
The unemployment rate fell to 6.1 percent from 6.2 percent in August, although U.S. employers added fewer jobs than expected.
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Ex-Indiana Secretary of State White gets Internet show

September 4, 2014
Associated Press
Former Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White might have been convicted of voter fraud, but he's getting his own Internet radio talk show.
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Lowe's seeks $500K tax break from city on customer center

September 3, 2014
Mason King
The home-improvement retail giant plans to hire 1,000 workers for the center at Intech Park on the northwest side. The jobs would pay an average hourly wage of about $16.
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Indiana blocks $78 million in wrongful tax refunds

September 3, 2014
Associated Press
The state Department of Revenue says a special investigations unit discovered more than 39,000 returns relying on identity theft to falsely claim $39 million.
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UPDATE: Appeals court upholds state's right-to-work law

September 2, 2014
Associated Press
The split decision from a three-judge federal panel in Chicago leaves the matter with the Indiana Supreme Court, which is set to hear oral arguments later this week.
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Feds: AIT's Evans 'unjustly enriched' himself in sale to employees

September 2, 2014
J.K. Wall
Just three months before the parent company of AIT Laboratories was sold in 2009 to its employees for $90 million, it was appraised for $17.1 million, according to a U.S. Department of Labor lawsuit.
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Indiana gay marriage supporters push hard in 2014

September 1, 2014
Associated Press
Voters who'd hoped to decide whether to place the state's gay marriage ban in the Constitution won't find the issue on the November ballot. But same-sex marriage is still playing a role in many political races, giving Democrats hopes of gaining a critical foothold in the heavily Republican state.
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Indiana cases could define conflict of interest

August 31, 2014
Associated Press analysis
The question of what constitutes a conflict of interest and why it matters for public officials has run throughout a string of high-profile ethics scandals in Indiana recently.
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