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FEIGENBAUM: Legislative deadline spawns flurry of activityRestricted Content

April 6, 2013
Ed Feigenbaum
In one 48-hour stretch early in the first week of April, lawmakers provided a truer lay of the session land than in all the days leading up to it.
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Mayor Ballard accepts fate of mass-transit billRestricted Content

April 6, 2013
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard sat out an April 2 hearing on mass transit because he knew the issue would be shifted to the Legislature’s back burner.
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Indiana Senate leader opposes fenced deer hunting

April 5, 2013
Associated Press
The leader of the Indiana Senate says he'll kill an amendment that would allow five fenced deer-hunting preserves around the state to remain open.
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Senate budget pushes highway expansion, small tax cuts

April 4, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers and Gov. Mike Pence drew closer to a budget compromise Thursday with the unveiling of a $30 billion Senate plan that cuts the state income tax by $150 million and establishes a new roads fund.
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Indiana governor against school guns mandate

April 4, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence says he believes local school officials should make decisions about security rather than being required to have an employee armed with a loaded gun during school hours.
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Senate panel advances looser superintendent rules

April 4, 2013
Associated Press
A proposal to no longer require Indiana's local school superintendents to hold a state superintendent's or teacher's license is advancing in the Legislature.
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Mass-transit bill hits detour in Senate committee

April 2, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Members of the state's Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee voted 12-0 on Tuesday morning to stall legislation that would give central Indiana voters the ability to choose if they want to pay higher taxes for expanded mass transit.
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Lawmakers debate what counts as gambling expansion

March 31, 2013
Associated Press
The differences between the electronic and standard table games are being portrayed to state lawmakers as one of life and death, with proponents of a bill that would allow racetrack table games saying they would add jobs while not substantially changing what the racetracks already offer.
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Bill would expand state’s historic preservation tax credit

March 29, 2013
 The Statehouse File
Legislation that was killed last year after passing the Indiana House has been revived this session in hopes of spurring more historic renovation across the state.
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Lawmakers still considering live table games at racinos

March 28, 2013
 The Statehouse File
The Indiana House Ways and Means Committee postponed amendments and a vote on a gambling measures Wednesday after supporters of the state’s horse-track casinos renewed their fight to get live dealers at their table games.
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GOP strategist Matalin speaks out against 'ag-gag' bill

March 28, 2013
Associated Press
Republican pundit Mary Matalin is among several celebrities lobbying Indiana lawmakers to oppose a bill banning filming at farms and factories.
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House sends governor IEDC transparency bill

March 26, 2013
 The Statehouse File
The state House of Representatives sent Gov. Mike Pence a bill Tuesday that requires the Indiana Economic Development Corp. to make job-creation reports transparent to taxpayers and policy makers.
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Bill allowing micro-distilleries heads to governor

March 26, 2013
Associated Press
The General Assembly has passed a bill that would allow craft micro-distilleries to operate in Indiana and sell their liquor on-site.
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Criminal-sentencing overhaul may get tougher on pot

March 26, 2013
Associated Press
Tougher marijuana possession and dealing penalties could be added to a proposed overhaul of Indiana's criminal sentencing laws by legislators after Gov. Mike Pence questioned whether the plan was strict enough on low-level drug offenders.
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Indiana lawmakers advance tighter cold meds limits

March 25, 2013
Associated Press
Consumers would face tighter limits on the quantities they could buy of cold and allergy pills often used to make methamphetamine under a proposal approved by Indiana lawmakers.
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Pence, Bosma try to keep reins on intraparty tax battle

March 25, 2013
Associated Press
Republicans typically invoke Ronald Reagan's "11th Commandment" when they're fighting within the family, and there's been plenty of infighting recently over Gov. Mike Pence's tax cut at the Statehouse.
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State ties higher ed funding to resultsRestricted Content

March 23, 2013
J.K. Wall
With fewer state dollars coming with more strings, Indiana’s public universities are altering their strategies in big and small ways to receive as much money as possible from the state.
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Schools chief, mayors seek more funds from Senate

March 21, 2013
Associated Press
The two groups most likely to benefit from changes made by Indiana House Republicans to the state budget asked Thursday that the Senate Appropriations Committee maintain new funding for roads and schools, and maybe find a little more.
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Bosma faults tea party group, Pence for tax-cut woes

March 21, 2013
Associated Press
House Speaker Brian Bosma says a national tea party group's "erroneous" campaign ads have made it harder for lawmakers to support Gov. Mike Pence's proposal to cut Indiana's income tax by 10 percent.
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Mass-transit bill leaps one hurdle, heads for another

March 21, 2013
 The Statehouse File
A Senate committee Wednesday passed a measure that would give area residents a chance to vote on whether to pay higher taxes to expand the mass-transit system. Lawmakers sent the bill to the Senate Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee.
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Senators ask for time to study school vouchers

March 20, 2013
Associated Press
Any expansion of Indiana's already ambitious school voucher program may have to wait after senators pushed for more information Wednesday to determine the effects of the fledgling program.
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House panel rejects live table games at racinos

March 20, 2013
Associated Press
An Indiana House committee has rewritten a gambling bill to keep table games out of Indiana's racetracks and restore money for counties that host casinos.
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Scrap industry backs regulation of oft-stolen items

March 20, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
An Indiana Senate committee on Tuesday approved House Bill 1441, which would make it illegal to sell air-conditioner coils or catalytic converters without proof of ownership.
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Kenley drops out as sponsor of mass-transit bill

March 19, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Already skeptical of a mass-transit plan for the Indianapolis metro area, influential Sen. Luke Kenley said he decided it was inappropriate to be listed as a sponsor without giving the bill his unqualified support.
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Looser Indiana school voucher rules face questions

March 15, 2013
Associated Press
The fate of a proposal to expand Indiana's private school voucher program by making kindergartners and some other students immediately eligible could come down to something that no one seems to know — how much it will cost.
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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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