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Bill would send taxpayer cash to private schools

February 14, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers will start the debate Tuesday on the most controversial plank of Gov. Mitch Daniels' sweeping education platform: a plan to use taxpayer money to help parents send their children to private schools
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Vote delayed on Indiana same-sex marriage amendment

February 14, 2011
Associated Press
Resolution sponsor Rep. Eric Turner of Marion said he wouldn't call it for a vote on Monday because some House members who want to support it were absent for the day.
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Daniels finishes low in weekend straw poll

February 14, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The Indiana governor received just 4 percent of the vote among potential Republican presidential candidates at the Conservative Political Action Conference. But an IUPUI political science professor says the weak showing shouldn't dissuade Daniels' supporters.
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CIB set to approve parking lot paving bid

February 14, 2011
The Capital Improvement Board will consider a bid for up to $900,000 to pave a gravel parking lot on the former site of Market Square Arena once slated for redevelopment.
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Inspectors find Indiana tobacco sales to minors declining

February 14, 2011
Associated Press
A partnership called the Tobacco Retailer Inspection Program said Monday that sales of tobacco products to teen-agers occurred in less than 4 percent of more than 8,400 inspections.
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Governor keeping quiet on Indiana immigration bill

February 14, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels isn't saying how he feels about a proposal moving in the Legislature that would require police officers in the state to enforce federal immigration laws.
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Bosma: Daniels 'hands on' with legislators

February 13, 2011
Associated Press
The leader of the Indiana House says the governor stays in contact with legislative leaders on his agenda, even as he continues to flirt with a presidential run.
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HICKS: Trimming government fat tough, but necessaryRestricted Content

February 12, 2011
Mike Hicks
Recognizing inefficiency in government is far more difficult than rhetoric suggests. The private sector has the blessing of the profits to guide decisions.
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Lobbying commission fires executive director after leave

February 11, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The Indiana Lobby Registration Commission on Thursday fired its executive director after placing her on leave without explanation in mid-January.
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Ice storm uses big chunk of city snow-removal budget

February 11, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis spent almost half its 2011 budget for snow removal—$3.4 million—to deal with last week’s ice and snow storms, the city announced Friday morning.
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Census: Home vacancies follow job losses in Indiana

February 10, 2011
Associated Press
North-central and east-central Indiana, which absorbed the brunt of the job losses, also showed the highest percentage of unoccupied homes.
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Indiana Senate panel advances nuclear incentive bill

February 10, 2011
Associated Press
A bill that would allow Indiana's utilities to quickly pass onto their customers some of the costs of planning nuclear power plants is advancing in the General Assembly.
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Indiana moving ahead with plan to fix jobless fund

February 10, 2011
Associated Press
Legislators aren't holding up a plan to fix Indiana's debt-ridden unemployment insurance fund as they wait to see whether the federal government will put off charging the states interest on what they owe.
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Lawmakers start work on teacher merit pay bill

February 9, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers have started work on one of the more controversial aspects of Gov. Mitch Daniels' sweeping education agenda: a plan to tie teacher pay to student performance.
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Indiana panel OKs early-graduation scholarship

February 9, 2011
Associated Press
A proposal to give Indiana high school seniors a $3,500 college scholarship if they graduate a year early has cleared its first legislative hurdle.
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Panel backs Indiana immigration crackdown bill

February 9, 2011
Associated Press
An Indiana Senate committee approved a bill Wednesday night that its sponsor says would lead to an Arizona-style crackdown on illegal immigration in the state.
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'Clean energy financing districts' face tough sell at Statehouse

February 9, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Districts would finance solar panels and other clean-energy projects through special tax levies on participating properties.
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Nuclear power bill at statehouse conjures up ghosts

February 9, 2011
Chris O'Malley
A controversial bill in the Indiana Senate would make it easier for utilities to quickly bill ratepayers for proposed nuclear and other clean-energy projects.
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Indiana teachers rally against GOP education plan

February 8, 2011
Associated Press
More than 1,000 Indiana teachers swarmed the Indiana Statehouse Tuesday for a rowdy rally denouncing the sweeping education proposals moving through the Republican-dominated state House and Senate.
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House passes bill to expand charter schools

February 8, 2011
Associated Press
The House approved the proposal Tuesday on a 59-37 mostly party-line vote following hours of debate. Republicans say the bill would mean more options for families, while Democrats contend that it will erode funding for traditional schools.
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Lawmakers eye cutting corporate taxes

February 8, 2011
Associated Press
Legislators are moving ahead with a plan to cut Indiana's corporate income tax by about 40 percent while holding off on phasing out the state inheritance tax.
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Job openings fall for second straight month

February 8, 2011
Associated Press
Employers posted fewer job openings in December, the second straight month of declines. That's a sign hiring is still weak even as the economy is gaining strength.
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Technicality delays council's North of South vote

February 8, 2011
Tom Harton
A technicality caused the City-County Council on Monday night to put off a final vote on the massive North of South mixed-use project slated to be built on 14 acres north of the Eli Lilly and Co. corporate campus.
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Lawmakers pass bill to expand vote centers

February 7, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana General Assembly has passed its first bill of the 2011 legislative session: a proposal to allow any Indiana county to use centralized vote centers instead of neighborhood polling precincts.
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Indiana House budget leader expects plan next week

February 7, 2011
Associated Press
The House Ways and Means Committee began taking public testimony Monday about the two-year state budget plan after four weeks of hearings with state agencies and universities.
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