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Business tax cuts enter House, Senate negotiations

March 4, 2014
Associated Press
The Senate voted 33-15 Tuesday to advance the package, sending it to a conference committee of House and Senate members.
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Bill adds oversight to redevelopment commissions

March 4, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indiana House approved a Senate bill that adds transparency to redevelopment commissions and forces decades-old tax-increment financing districts to expire.
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House sends industrial hemp bill back to Senate

March 3, 2014
 The Statehouse File
The Indiana House approved a bill Monday that would allow farmers to grow hemp – a non-intoxicating cousin of marijuana – if the federal government lifts restrictions on the crop.
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Campaign money offer exposed in Indiana gay marriage fight

March 2, 2014
Associated Press
A former state Republican Party chairman's pledge to provide campaign cash to protect House members who were considering voting against a constitutional gay marriage ban offers a rare look at the private power game that plays out at the Statehouse.
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Indiana one of many states aiming to limit tanning

March 2, 2014
Associated Press
Lawmakers' efforts to crack down on the use of Indiana tanning beds this year are part of a national push to limit young people's exposure to risks that include skin cancer.
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State lawmakers advance roads, education measures

February 27, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers advanced a wide range of measures Thursday as they headed into the final two weeks of their 2014 session, setting up last-minute negotiations on everything from road funding to education.
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Analysis casts doubt on revenue projection for soccer stadium

February 27, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin, Cory Schouten
The Indy Eleven soccer team would generate just $2 million to $4 million a year in ticket sales, a fraction of the $51 million that owner Ersal Ozdemir has estimated a new downtown stadium would generate including non-soccer events, according to an independent analysis.
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Indiana Senate panel approves welfare drug tests

February 27, 2014
Associated Press
The current version of the measure is far less sweeping than what supporters originally sought. The measure approved Thursday would only apply to welfare recipients who had previously been convicted of a drug crime.
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Pence continues pitch for preschool voucher plan

February 26, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence spent Wednesday morning highlighting the work of an Indianapolis preschool as he made a final pitch for an early education voucher plan that has foundered in the Legislature.
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Indiana House OKs bill to end efficiency program

February 26, 2014
Associated Press
The bill's author, Sen. Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis, said he's going to take the next few days to review the House's changes before determining whether to ask the Senate to approve it or send the bill to a conference committee to restore its original wording.
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Modified hemp legalization bill moves to full House

February 26, 2014
 The Statehouse File
The legalization of the production of industrial hemp is a step closer to reality in Indiana after the House Agricultural Committee passed an amended bill Tuesday.
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Bill allowing state fair alcohol sales heads to governor

February 25, 2014
Jacob Rund, The Statehouse File
The bill, authored by Sen. James Merritt, R-Indianapolis, seeks to end a nearly 70-year old ban on beer and alcohol sales at the state fair.
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Transit bill advances at Statehouse after losing amendments

February 25, 2014
The Indiana House Ways and Means Committee voted Tuesday morning to move a mass-transit bill to the full House, where it’s sure to see further debate.
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Doubt over how to run effective preschools derailed billRestricted Content

February 22, 2014
J.K. Wall
Sen. Luke Kenley scuttled a pilot program of state-funded preschool vouchers for low-income families on Feb. 19, instead sending it to a summer committee to investigate 10 questions he said will help make sure Indiana launches a worthwhile program.
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FEIGENBAUM: Lawmakers press ahead on education issuesRestricted Content

February 22, 2014
Ed Feigenbaum
The business community has turned a keen collective eye to a passel of bills that seek to improve education, including measures that would authorize Indianapolis Public Schools to enter into an agreement with a school-management team to establish innovative network schools, allow charter school support to be distributed at the organizer level; and create a career and technical education diploma.
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Panel gives Pence half of his $400M road-funding request

February 20, 2014
 The Statehouse File
The reduction, led by Senate Appropriations Chairman Luke Kenley, was a partial blow to one of the governor's key legislative goals.
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House committee helps Indy Eleven stadium project

February 20, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Ways and Means Committee voted 18-2 Thursday afternoon in favor of a bill that would facilitate a new downtown soccer venue.
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House committee votes to nix Common Core

February 20, 2014
Associated Press
The full House now will consider the controversial proposal to opt out of federal standards and allow Indiana to make its own benchmarks for preparing students for college and careers after high school.
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Bill roundup: State fair alcohol, digital privacy and more

February 20, 2014
A committee nearly unanimously approved a measure clearing the way for alcohol sales at the Indiana State Fair. Another committee unanimously passed a bill that would expand privacy laws to accommodate the increased use of digital technology.
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Indy officials work to strengthen rental-property inspection bill

February 19, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
A proposal under consideration by the Legislature would curb rental-property inspection programs, but local officials worked with its author to let cities set up landlord registries.
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Business equipment tax headed toward delay

February 18, 2014
Associated Press
Lawmakers considering a cut to Indiana's tax on business equipment might leave the matter to a summer study committee, a move that would delay any action by at least a year.
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Conservatives angry at GOP chiefs in marriage loss

February 18, 2014
Associated Press
Lawmakers amended the measure and delayed a referendum until at least 2016, despite calls from social and religious conservatives to hold the vote this year.
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Senate approves diluted gay marriage ban

February 17, 2014
Associated Press
Earliest vote on proposed constitutional marriage ban would be at least 2016.
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Sen. Delph wants last-ditch edit to gay-marriage amendment

February 17, 2014
 The Statehouse File
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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Team owner pitches lawmakers on soccer stadium

February 14, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indy Eleven owner Ersal Ozdemir fielded questions from legislators Thursday about the $87 million, state-financed outdoor stadium he has proposed. The meeting started with a warm reception for Ozdemir, and lacked any testimony against the plan.
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  1. You are correct that Obamacare requires health insurance policies to include richer benefits and protects patients who get sick. That's what I was getting at when I wrote above, "That’s because Obamacare required insurers to take all customers, regardless of their health status, and also established a floor on how skimpy the benefits paid for by health plans could be." I think it's vital to know exactly how much the essential health benefits are costing over previous policies. Unless we know the cost of the law, we can't do a cost-benefit analysis. Taxes were raised in order to offset a 31% rise in health insurance premiums, an increase that paid for richer benefits. Are those richer benefits worth that much or not? That's the question we need to answer. This study at least gets us started on doing so.

  2. *5 employees per floor. Either way its ridiculous.

  3. Jim, thanks for always ready my stuff and providing thoughtful comments. I am sure that someone more familiar with research design and methods could take issue with Kowalski's study. I thought it was of considerable value, however, because so far we have been crediting Obamacare for all the gains in coverage and all price increases, neither of which is entirely fair. This is at least a rigorous attempt to sort things out. Maybe a quixotic attempt, but it's one of the first ones I've seen try to do it in a sophisticated way.

  4. In addition to rewriting history, the paper (or at least your summary of it) ignores that Obamacare policies now must provide "essential health benefits". Maybe Mr Wall has always been insured in a group plan but even group plans had holes you could drive a truck through, like the Colts defensive line last night. Individual plans were even worse. So, when you come up with a study that factors that in, let me know, otherwise the numbers are garbage.

  5. You guys are absolutely right: Cummins should build a massive 80-story high rise, and give each employee 5 floors. Or, I suppose they could always rent out the top floors if they wanted, since downtown office space is bursting at the seams (http://www.ibj.com/article?articleId=49481).

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