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Advocates for mass transit may need to ante upRestricted Content

April 20, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis area’s largest employers have spent millions of dollars studying and promoting regional mass transit, but if the idea is going to get past the Legislature, they might have to put money into the $1.3 billion system as well.
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FEIGENBAUM: Upbeat forecast paves way for final dealsRestricted Content

April 20, 2013
Ed Feigenbaum
Prodding by legislative leaders and an epidemic of Hoosier common have led to compromises on contentious issues.
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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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Bosma weighs changes to disclosure rules for legislators

April 18, 2013
Associated Press
The Indiana House Speaker said he's considering changes to rules governing what lawmakers must disclose about their personal and financial ties, after learning about a powerful state rep's work helping a client of his lobbyist daughter.
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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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General Assembly negotiators to hammer out state budget

April 17, 2013
Associated Press
House and Senate negotiators will take into account a rosier revenue forecast when they begin meeting Wednesday for the first of a series of meetings that will determine the final shape of Indiana's next state budget.
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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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Pence sees hope for tax cut in better budget forecast

April 16, 2013
Associated Press
Expectations that Indiana will collect $290 million more in taxes have Gov. Mike Pence's team optimistic they can win a $500 million cut in the state's personal income tax this session.
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Bill for tighter cold-medication limits heads to Pence

April 16, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana legislators have given final approval to a bill tightening the limits on how much consumers can buy of cold and allergy pills often used to make methamphetamine.
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House OKs high-fence hunting bill, but fate murky

April 16, 2013
Associated Press
Supporters of the bill say it is needed to resolve an eight-year-old lawsuit over attempts by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources to shut down the existing deer preserves.
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House OKs IMS bill, despite dispute over funding source

April 15, 2013
 The Statehouse File
A bill to help pay for $100 million in improvements at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway passed the House on Monday—but only on its second try, as some lawmakers expressed frustration about tapping horse racing money for the projects.
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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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FEIGENBAUM: GOP stranglehold hasn’t squelched debateRestricted Content

April 13, 2013
Ed Feigenbaum
For a Legislature dominated by a Republican super-majority and with a Republican governor doing more now than just watching from the cheap seats, you should be surprised by the uncertainty over the shape—and even the fate—of several significant bills this late in the process.
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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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House Speaker Bosma returns to podium after surgery

April 10, 2013
Associated Press
Brian Bosma missed all of last week's action in the Statehouse due to a serious infection developed from an artificial knee replacement.
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Indiana law change allows younger children as referees

April 10, 2013
Associated Press
A southern Indiana boy has successfully spurred a change in state law that will allow sports leagues to hire youngsters like him as referees.
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Indiana Senate approves $30B budget, partial tax cut

April 9, 2013
Associated Press
The plan keeps much of the additional education spending that House Republicans added to their budget proposal in February. But the Senate package also includes a $150 million cut to personal income taxes.
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Revenue forecast could swing Pence's tax-cut hopes

April 9, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The state revenue forecast due out April 16 will influence the next two-year budget and possibly help Gov. Mike Pence sell lawmakers on his proposed 10-percent income-tax cut. Experts predict the numbers won't be much different from those in the last forecast.
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Plan would shift money from horse racing to auto racing

April 9, 2013
 The Statehouse File
The move—debated Monday in the Indiana House Ways and Means Committee—is meant to subsidize upgrades at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and make low-interest loans available to other auto tracks and businesses across the state.
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  1. I never thought I'd see the day when a Republican Mayor would lead the charge in attempting to raise every tax we have to pay. Now it's income taxes and property taxes that Ballard wants to increase. And to pay for a pre-K program? Many studies have shown that pre-K offer no long-term educational benefits whatsoever. And Ballard is pitching it as a way of fighting crime? Who is he kidding? It's about government provided day care. It's a shame that we elected a Republican who has turned out to be a huge big spending, big taxing, big borrowing liberal Democrat.

  2. Why do we blame the unions? They did not create the 11 different school districts that are the root of the problem.

  3. I was just watching an AOW race from cleveland in 1997...in addition to the 65K for the race, there were more people in boats watching that race from the lake than were IndyCar fans watching the 2014 IndyCar season finale in the Fontana grandstands. Just sayin...That's some resurgence modern IndyCar has going. Almost profitable, nobody in the grandstands and TV ratings dropping 61% at some tracks in the series. Business model..."CRAZY" as said by a NASCAR track general manager. Yup, this thing is purring like a cat! Sponsors...send them your cash, pronto!!! LOL, not a chance.

  4. I'm sure Indiana is paradise for the wealthy and affluent, but what about the rest of us? Over the last 40 years, conservatives and the business elite have run this country (and state)into the ground. The pendulum will swing back as more moderate voters get tired of Reaganomics and regressive social policies. Add to that the wave of minority voters coming up in the next 10 to 15 years and things will get better. unfortunately we have to suffer through 10 more years of gerrymandered districts and dispropionate representation.

  5. Funny thing....rich people telling poor people how bad the other rich people are wanting to cut benefits/school etc and that they should vote for those rich people that just did it. Just saying..............

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