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Senate to consider ban of texting while driving

January 27, 2011
Associated Press
Previous attempts to ban texting while driving have cleared the House but met resistance from conservative leaders in the Senate. It will get a hearing this year, Sen. David Long said.
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Scholarship bill raises questions about minors on campus

January 26, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
As Indiana lawmakers ponder a bill that would give high school students an incentive to graduate early, state university leaders are bracing for the possible impact—an influx of minors onto their campuses.
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State senator: Should Indiana legalize marijuana?

January 25, 2011
Associated Press
Sen. Karen Tallian, D- Portage, is sponsoring a bill that would direct the criminal law and sentencing study committee to examine Indiana's marijuana laws next summer and come up with recommendations.
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Indiana House OKs bill to ban texting while driving

January 25, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana drivers would not be allowed to send or read text messages on mobile phones under legislation that cleared the Indiana House on Tuesday.
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Committee explores ways to reduce government

January 25, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Charging not-for-profits for government services, eliminating certain paper records and trimming how much counties pay to mental-health institutions are among the ways local officials say the cost of government could be reduced.
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State lawmakers to take on unemployment insurance

January 24, 2011
Associated Press
Businesses with a history of laying off employees would pay more in unemployment insurance costs, and workers in industries where layoffs occur regularly would receive lower benefits under a bill Indiana lawmakers are preparing to take up.
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Some big bills on back burner in Indiana Legislature

January 23, 2011
Associated Press
Three weeks into Indiana's legislative session, Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma is touting the hard work being done on major issues. Democratic House Minority Leader Patrick Bauer contends the session is off to a slow start.
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Legislation seeks RFP option for selling state landRestricted Content

January 22, 2011
Cory Schouten
The bill would allow the Indiana Department of Administration to sell real estate using a request for proposals, in addition to existing options for competitive bids or an auction.
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Indiana House panel backs texting ban for all drivers

January 19, 2011
Associated Press
Drivers wouldn't be allowed to send or read text messages on cell phones under a bill approved by an Indiana House committee.
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Bill would make Indiana schools start after Labor Day

January 19, 2011
Associated Press
Republican Sen. Mike Delph of Carmel said it makes sense to start school after Labor Day because families would have more summer vacation time together.
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Daniels' budget proposal wouldn't cut hearing aids

January 19, 2011
Associated Press
State budget director Adam Horst said he misspoke when he told the State Budget Committee last week that Daniels&' proposal would eliminate Medicaid coverage for hearing aids.
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Indiana House panel head expects few budget changes

January 18, 2011
Associated Press
The chairman of the Indiana House Ways and Means Committee says he expects the panel to make at most modest changes to Gov. Mitch Daniels' state budget proposal
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Indiana senator set to propose lower corporate tax

January 17, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Republican Sen. Brandt Hershman of Lafayette, who chairs the Senate Tax Committee, says Indiana's corporate income tax is seen as a hindrance to job creation.
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Reports say Indiana townships inefficient

January 16, 2011
Associated Press
New investigations reported in Indiana newspapers say there are widespread patterns of inefficiency in the government of the state's 1,008 townships.
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FEIGENBAUM: Right-to-work debate could create sparks in Legislature

January 15, 2011
Ed Feigenbaum
The bulk of legislative Democrats, allied with organized labor, are vehemently opposed to having Indiana join almost two dozen other states with right-to-work laws, labeling them as discriminatory against minorities and women, and contending that such laws will do little more than reduce wages and lower the living standards of many Hoosiers.
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Advocates say most Hoosiers want school changes

January 10, 2011
Associated Press
Advocates met at the Statehouse Monday to push education proposals that have renewed life during this legislative session because of support from Gov. Mitch Daniels and leaders in the GOP-controlled House and Senate.
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Bill would let Indiana pharmacies collect old meds

January 10, 2011
Associated Press
A bill authored by Republican Rep. Kevin Mahan of Hartford City would revise state law so that pharmacies could accept unused prescription drugs from customers and dispose of them securely and safely.
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Lawmaker wants homeowners to pay for pond safety

January 9, 2011
Associated Press
An Indiana lawmaker worried about the dangers posed by retention ponds wants nearby homeowners to foot the bill of erecting safety barriers such as guardrails.
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Daniels shifts aim to education reform

January 8, 2011
J.K. Wall
Education reform is taking on greater priority after governor incomes misses an ambitious goal of raising Hoosier incomes.
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Indiana lawmakers to face more tough budget decisions

January 1, 2011
Associated Press
When lawmakers open their new session Wednesday, they won't have some of the advantages they had during the last budget-writing debate in 2009. This time around, there will be no $1 billion in federal stimulus money to keep the budget afloat.
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GIGERICH: Here's what we need from 2011 session

January 1, 2011
Larry Gigerich
The 2011 session of the Indiana General Assembly will have a profound impact on the future of our state and our ability to retain our ranking as one of the top 10 states in which to do business.
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Governor wants revamped teacher evaluations

December 31, 2010
Associated Press
Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels and state schools superintendent Tony Bennett say Indiana needs a more honest look at the job teachers and principals are doing.
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State GOP leaders weigh banning required union dues

December 28, 2010
Associated Press
Bills filed in the Indiana House would ban workers from being required to pay union dues.
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Turbulent Indiana General Assembly just ahead

December 18, 2010
Mary Dieter
Scarce resources promise to vex lawmakers charged with writing a new budget when the Legislature convenes in January.
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Business agenda might get friendly receptionRestricted Content

December 18, 2010
Mary Dieter
With Republicans firmly in control of the Indiana General Assembly, businesses have a better chance of achieving some of their legislative objectives than they have for years.
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  1. to mention the rest of Molly's experience- she served as Communications Director for the Indianapolis Department of Public Works and also did communications for the state. She's incredibly qualified for this role and has a real love for Indianapolis and Indiana. Best of luck to her!

  2. Shall we not demand the same scrutiny for law schools, med schools, heaven forbid, business schools, etc.? How many law school grads are servers? How many business start ups fail and how many business grads get low paying jobs because there are so few high paying positions available? Why does our legislature continue to demean public schools and give taxpayer dollars to charters and private schools, ($171 million last year), rather than investing in our community schools? We are on a course of disaster regarding our public school attitudes unless we change our thinking in a short time.

  3. I agree with the other reader's comment about the chunky tomato soup. I found myself wanting a breadstick to dip into it. It tasted more like a marinara sauce; I couldn't eat it as a soup. In general, I liked the place... but doubt that I'll frequent it once the novelty wears off.

  4. The Indiana toll road used to have some of the cleanest bathrooms you could find on the road. After the lease they went downhill quickly. While not the grossest you'll see, they hover a bit below average. Am not sure if this is indicative of the entire deal or merely a portion of it. But the goals of anyone taking over the lease will always be at odds. The fewer repairs they make, the more money they earn since they have a virtual monopoly on travel from Cleveland to Chicago. So they only comply to satisfy the rules. It's hard to hand public works over to private enterprise. The incentives are misaligned. In true competition, you'd have multiple roads, each build by different companies motivated to make theirs more attractive. Working to attract customers is very different than working to maximize profit on people who have no choice but to choose your road. Of course, we all know two roads would be even more ridiculous.

  5. The State is in a perfect position. The consortium overpaid for leasing the toll road. Good for the State. The money they paid is being used across the State to upgrade roads and bridges and employ people at at time most of the country is scrambling to fund basic repairs. Good for the State. Indiana taxpayers are no longer subsidizing the toll roads to the tune of millions a year as we had for the last 20 years because the legislature did not have the guts to raise tolls. Good for the State. If the consortium fails, they either find another operator, acceptable to the State, to buy them out or the road gets turned back over to the State and we keep the Billions. Good for the State. Pat Bauer is no longer the Majority or Minority Leader of the House. Good for the State. Anyway you look at this, the State received billions of dollars for an assett the taxpayers were subsidizing, the State does not have to pay to maintain the road for 70 years. I am having trouble seeing the downside.

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