Legislation

Analysis: Lawmakers put pragmatism before party

April 29, 2013
Associated Press
Left to their own devices, Indiana's Republican-led General Assembly pushed the state right ever so gently, adopting such marquee conservative priorities as tax cuts, a school voucher expansion and constrained spending in measured fashion.
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Developers: Law will likely kill coal-gas plant

April 27, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana Gasification LLC project manager Mark Lubbers said developers wouldn't have tried to build the plant at Rockport if the law passed early Saturday morning had been in place.
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Bill banning secret videotaping at businesses fails

April 26, 2013
Associated Press
Rep. Bill Friend, R-Macy, said he withdrew the bill he sponsored at the request of Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma.
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General Assembly goes late in effort to wrap us session

April 26, 2013
Associated Press
The Indiana General Assembly worked into the night Friday to hammer out final details on a two-year, $30 billion budget containing new tax cuts, a modest expansion of school vouchers, new oversight of the $2.8 billion Rockport coal gasification project and a series of other measures.
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Overhaul of sentencing laws heading to governor

April 26, 2013
Associated Press
The Senate voted 34-15 on Friday in favor of the bill aimed at sending fewer nonviolent offenders to prison.
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Lawmakers forge deal to help Indianapolis Motor Speedway

April 26, 2013
 The Statehouse File
The plan authorizes the state to loan the Speedway $100 million—money it will borrow through bonds—to make the grandstands more accessible to people with disabilities and to install lights for night races.
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Budget includes tax cut, more school, road funds

April 25, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana taxpayers will see their personal income tax rate reduced by 5 percent over the next four years under a budget plan agreed to Thursday by lawmakers. The plan also repeals the inheritance tax retroactive to Jan. 1.
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Senate cans hunting plan

April 25, 2013
Associated Press
A proposal aimed at legalizing five fenced deer-hunting preserves around Indiana has failed in this year's legislative session.
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Indiana lawmakers drawing close on remaining measures

April 23, 2013
Associated Press
The leaders of the Indiana General Assembly said Tuesday they will continue meeting daily with Gov. Mike Pence to hammer out a broad range of issues before the 2013 session ends.
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Lawmakers draw close on limited voucher-expansion plan

April 18, 2013
Associated Press
Legislators are hammering out a modest expansion of the state's school voucher program following a meeting of House and Senate lawmakers.
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Online sales-tax proposal hits Senate roadblock

April 18, 2013
Associated Press
Republican state senators have blocked a vote on a bill that would force Amazon.com and some other online-only retailers to start collecting Indiana's 7-percent sales tax this summer.
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Pence makes final plea for tax cut in budget

April 17, 2013
Associated Press
While arguing for a 10-percent cut in the state's income tax, Pence also said he would like to see a quicker phase-out of the state's inheritance tax.
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Bosma hopes General Assembly adjourns early

April 17, 2013
Associated Press
Issues that remain undecided include the income tax cut sought by Gov. Mike Pence and a proposed expansion of the private school voucher program.
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Indiana stage-rules extension approved by legislators

April 17, 2013
Associated Press
State lawmakers have given final approval to a two-year extension of regulations on temporary outdoor stage rigging developed after the deadly Indiana State Fair stage collapse.
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Indiana specialty-plate proposal heads to governor

April 16, 2013
Associated Press
Legislation overhauling Indiana's specialty auto license plate system has been approved by lawmakers and is on its way to Gov. Mike Pence.
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UPDATE: Lawmakers with ties to $2.8B plant dilute measures

April 16, 2013
Associated Press
Two Indiana lawmakers have spent the legislative session watering down opposition to a proposed $2.8 billion coal-gasification plant that would likely benefit their employers.
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State legislator defends supporting daughter's client

April 15, 2013
Associated Press
A powerful Indiana House Republican on Monday defended his decision to support a Utah company his daughter represents as a Statehouse lobbyist, one week after Gov. Mike Pence placed a hold on state aid to a company run by the lawmaker's son.
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Lower tuition OK'd for some illegal immigrants

April 15, 2013
Associated Press
Persons who entered the country illegally and were attending Indiana public colleges when a state immigration law passed two years ago would again be eligible for in-state tuition rates under a bill approved by the Indiana House.
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Indiana House turns aside school guns proposal

April 11, 2013
Associated Press
The Indiana House on Thursday pulled a proposal to have the state's public schools consider having employees, including teachers and principals, carry guns during school hours.
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Fiscal tug-of-war stalls Indiana voucher expansion

April 11, 2013
Associated Press
A plan to make vouchers more widely available to families has met a roadblock: So despite the momentum, lawmakers say they want more time to look at the voucher program approved two years ago.
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Bill to handle abandoned homes still on track

April 11, 2013
Dave Stafford
State Sen. Jim Merritt wanted to help an eastside Indianapolis church gain possession of some long-abandoned, derelict houses, tear them down and establish a park. The difficulty in doing so led to a bill that would make such improvements easier.
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Lawmaker seeks relief for fed-up water customers

April 11, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
As citizens of Zionsville, residents of the Royal Run subdivision have had little recourse against the Whitestown-owned water utility that charges them 78 percent more than its customers to the north.
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Welfare recipient drug testing clears Indiana Senate

April 10, 2013
Associated Press
The bill would require all applicants for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families to complete a written screening test for possible drug abuse problems.
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Looser superintendent rules advance on tiebreaker

April 10, 2013
Associated Press
A proposal to no longer require Indiana's local school superintendents to hold a state superintendent's or teacher's license passed the state Senate after Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann cast her first tie-breaking vote.
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Senate passes new criminal sentencing rules

April 10, 2013
Associated Press
Supporters hope changes to sentencing laws will direct more people convicted of low-level felonies to work release and other local programs. It also would require those convicted of the most-serious crimes to spend more time in prison.
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  1. The $104K to CRC would go toward debts service on $486M of existing debt they already have from other things outside this project. Keystone buys the bonds for 3.8M from CRC, and CRC in turn pays for the parking and site work, and some time later CRC buys them back (with interest) from the projected annual property tax revenue from the entire TIF district (est. $415K / yr. from just this property, plus more from all the other property in the TIF district), which in theory would be about a 10-year term, give-or-take. CRC is basically betting on the future, that property values will increase, driving up the tax revenue to the limit of the annual increase cap on commercial property (I think that's 3%). It should be noted that Keystone can't print money (unlike the Federal Treasury) so commercial property tax can only come from consumers, in this case the apartment renters and consumers of the goods and services offered by the ground floor retailers, and employees in the form of lower non-mandatory compensation items, such as bonuses, benefits, 401K match, etc.

  2. $3B would hurt Lilly's bottom line if there were no insurance or Indemnity Agreement, but there is no way that large an award will be upheld on appeal. What's surprising is that the trial judge refused to reduce it. She must have thought there was evidence of a flagrant, unconscionable coverup and wanted to send a message.

  3. As a self-employed individual, I always saw outrageous price increases every year in a health insurance plan with preexisting condition costs -- something most employed groups never had to worry about. With spouse, I saw ALL Indiana "free market answer" plans' premiums raise 25%-45% each year.

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