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Foreclosed-property care sparks fight over who's responsibleRestricted Content

December 4, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
Lawmakers might address in the upcoming legislative session the controversy over who is responsible for upkeep on foreclosed properties.
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State lawmakers face tough choices over prison costs

November 30, 2010
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers will swim rough political waters next year when deciding whether to spend millions more on overcrowded prisons or reducing prison sentences and being seen as soft on crime.
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Election gives GOP upper hand in dealing with unionsRestricted Content

November 20, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
The goals of Gov. Mitch Daniels and his fellow Republicans could chisel away further at the clout that has dwindled among the state’s labor unions.
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Indiana Legislature to broadcast all meetings online

November 17, 2010
Associated Press
All Indiana General Assembly committee meetings will be shown live online in the 2011 session for the first time.
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Indiana House speaker offers two Democrats committee chairs

November 16, 2010
Associated Press
New Republican Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma says he's serious about seeking bipartisan support in the upcoming legislative session.
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Legislator: Statewide smoking ban could pass in 2011

November 15, 2010
Mary Dieter
A statewide ban on smoking in all public places may have the momentum it needs to finally pass the Indiana General Assembly in 2011 after four unsuccessful attempts.
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Expanding tax breaks could be a tough sell in Marion CountyRestricted Content

November 13, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
Republicans who now control the Indiana House are poised to push reforms next year that would strengthen local governments’ ability to offer businesses tax abatements. But the changes might be met with caution in Marion County.
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Democrats pick up pieces after Tuesday's bloodbath

November 8, 2010
Democrats lost 12 House seats, two congressmen and a U.S. senator, and the party failed to win any of three state offices.
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Daniels wants changes in education, unemployment

November 4, 2010
Associated Press
Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels' 2011 legislative agenda includes expanding charter schools, establishing merit pay for teachers, cutting unemployment benefits and raising unemployment insurance taxes on businesses.
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New GOP-led House will focus on private-sector job creation

November 3, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
With new control of the Indiana House, Republican lawmakers plan to pursue an agenda focused on encouraging the private sector to create jobs and passing a budget without tax increases.
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Tax-cap amendment means change for local government

November 2, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
Cuts in services, higher fees and consolidation of government units are possibilities, but advocates for the constitutional amendment say long-term certainty about property tax rates could benefit the economy.
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GOP could gain quorum in state Senate election

October 25, 2010
Mary Dieter
Indiana Senate Democrats, long considered the last bastion of liberal thought in state government, are in danger of becoming politically irrelevant after the Nov. 2 election—something they say would disenfranchise nearly 2 million Hoosiers who live in their districts.
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Daniels hoping GOP victory will pave way for education reformRestricted Content

October 16, 2010
J.K. Wall
Gov. Mitch Daniels and public schools chief Tony Bennett have major legislative changes they want to make to implement their education reform ideas—but to do it they need their Republican Party to regain control of the Indiana House of Representatives.
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Election could give GOP control of state policy decisions

October 7, 2010
Mary Dieter
With a Republican tide predicted to wash over the country in next month’s election, there is a very real chance that the Indiana House will be dominated by the GOP for the first time since 2005-06, putting virtually all policy-setting responsibilities in Indiana in one party’s hands.
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Indiana lawmakers push for Internet taxes

September 23, 2010
Mary Dieter
A bipartisan duo of state lawmakers wants Congress to allow states to collect sales taxes on Internet purchases, a move they say could bring hundreds of millions of dollars to cash-strapped Indiana.
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Control of House key issue as election season revs up

September 7, 2010
Mary Dieter
One hundred Indiana House seats are on the ballot—though many fewer are competitive—but their outcomes may affect the state well beyond the two-year terms that the candidates seek.
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Big budget cuts will make for bitter state politics

July 24, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
As Indiana's reserves dwindle toward zero and federal stimulus money disappears, trying to keep political debate friendly and the budget in the black will be quite a challenge. Half a year before they must craft the next state budget, Democrats and Republicans already are squabbling.
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IEDC responds to House speaker's public records request

June 22, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Indiana Secretary of Commerce Mitch Roob's letter Tuesday to Democrat Pat Bauer details IEDC's approach to job-creation incentives and its clawback efforts in the recession.
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Indiana Senate's top Democrat demands budget-cut data

June 1, 2010
Associated Press
Minority Leader Vi Simpson, D-Bloomington, said the Republican governor's budget director told her that a comprehensive list of executive branch budget reductions wasn't available. She said that's unacceptable.
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New collateral rules for Indiana deposits may favor big banks

May 22, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
New state rules designed to protect government cash from bank failures might have an unintended consequence: helping the biggest banks and hurting the smallest.
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New Indiana law aims to promote safety of traditional loansRestricted Content

May 22, 2010
Scott Olson
A new state program is encouraging lenders to promote the stability of their conventional mortgages to help Indiana's housing market rebound from a foreclosure crisis instigated by risky loans.
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Fort Wayne's Wyss tops ranking of business-friendly lawmakers

May 15, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Speaker Pat Bauer get the lowest ranking in the state chamber's analysis.
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37 contested Indiana House races prelude to November

May 4, 2010
Associated Press
Voters will nominate candidates in more than 30 Indiana House primary races Tuesday, completing matchups for November's general election that will determine control of the narrowly divided chamber.
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New tax credits may boost jobs at some small companiesRestricted Content

April 24, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Tasked with boosting Indiana’s economy following the Great Recession, the 2010 General Assembly tinkered at the edges by passing a handful of incentives meant to spur small-business growth.
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EDITORIAL: Opportunities lost in 2010 legislative session

March 20, 2010
 IBJ Staff
After a legislative session short on fireworks but absent any major achievements, it’s fair to ask how long “do no harm” will pass for progress in the Indiana General Assembly.
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