State Agencies

Pence plans to appoint new state auditor on Monday

December 15, 2013
Jacie Shoaf, The Statehouse File
The previous auditor, Dwayne Sawyer, announced his resignation last month – effective Sunday – after just three months on the job.
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Schroder named interim commissioner of Indiana BMV

November 19, 2013
Associated Press
Kent Schroder has served as the BMV chief of staff since June 1 after serving as its chief information officer since 2005.
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Pence taps interim chief to head Indiana labor agency

November 5, 2013
Associated Press
Ruble became interim commissioner in September after Sean Keefer moved to the governor's office to serve as Pence's chief lobbyist.
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Judge sentences attorney Page to probation, fine

November 4, 2013
Cory Schouten
Attorney and real estate developer Paul J. Page will serve two years of probation and pay a $10,000 fine for concealing the source of a $362,000 down payment on his purchase of a state-leased office building in Elkhart.
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State AG moves to block Ritz's lawsuit against ed board

October 24, 2013
 The Statehouse File
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller has asked the Marion Circuit Court to dismiss a lawsuit Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz filed this week against 10 members of the State Board of Education she chairs.
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State will lose $63M in tobacco payments in 2014

October 17, 2013
 The Statehouse File
An arbitration panel found that the state hadn't worked hard enough to collect funds from cigarette companies. The money is used to fund health programs in Indiana.
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BMV commissioner leaving post in December

October 15, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
R. Scott Waddell, commissioner of the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles, will step down Dec. 2, he announced Tuesday.
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Indiana budget heads tell agencies to trim expenses

October 13, 2013
Associated Press
Through the first three months of the current state fiscal year, revenue has come in $73.5 million less than predicted by the forecast used by lawmakers in writing the 2014-15 state budget.
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BMV finds more overcharges on driver's licenses

September 29, 2013
Associated Press
Some Indiana drivers will be getting money back the next time they make a transaction at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.
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Milder summer weather boosts state park revenue

September 13, 2013
Dan Human
Revenue jumped to $12.3 million during the park system's summer season as cooler temperatures enticed visitors. A price increase this year for annual passes helped line the parks' purse.
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GOP powerbrokers crafted Indiana education policy, emails show

September 1, 2013
Associated Press
The Indiana education overhaul associated with Tony Bennett and then-Gov. Mitch Daniels actually was crafted in private by a handful of state GOP bigwigs, including Al Hubbard, Mark Miles and Mark Lubbers, according to emails obtained by the Associated Press. Elected officials weren't included for months.
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Utility fined for sewage overflow in Geist neighborhood

August 9, 2013
Dan Human
The odor was so strong after the spill in December that residents in the upscale neighborhood called the gas company to report a leak.
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Bennett resigns as Florida education chief after emails reveal grade fix

August 1, 2013
Associated Press
Florida's education commissioner resigned Thursday amid allegations that he changed the grade of a charter school run by a major Republican donor during his previous job as Indiana's school chief.
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Indiana welfare security breach limited to 64 clients

July 31, 2013
Associated Press
When FSSA revealed the breach a month ago, it said it possibly affected more than 187,000 people, including the Social Security numbers of as many as 3,926 clients who receive food stamps, Medicaid and other welfare benefits.
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Small-business group absorbed by state was ailing

July 20, 2013
Dan Human
Gov. Mike Pence in June signed an executive order that folded a tiny northern Indiana not-for-profit called Partners in Contracting Corp. into a new state Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship. What he didn’t say was that Partners in Contracting was in trouble and likely would have folded operations had the state not stepped in.
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Fox59 hopes for ratings bump in Hoosier Lottery drawing deal

July 17, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Lottery ping-pong balls will be flying this fall at the studios of WXIN-TV Channel 59, which has secured a contract to air live drawings for the Daily 3 and Daily 4 games.
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BMV to credit drivers overcharged for licenses

July 12, 2013
Associated Press
Irwin Levin, the lawyer who first exposed the alleged $30 million in overcharging in the lawsuit, called Friday's announcement a "political" move designed to gloss over the state's faults.
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Pence moves lottery chief to transportation agency

July 10, 2013
Associated Press
Gov. Mike Pence announced Wednesday that Karl Browning will serve as his new INDOT commissioner.
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Computer glitch leaks personal info of state welfare clients

July 1, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana officials say the personal data of welfare clients has been shared with others in a security breach potentially affecting more than 187,000 people.
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Pence taps new workforce innovation adviser

June 26, 2013
Associated Press
Pence announced Tuesday that Jaclyn Dowd will serve as his special assistant for workforce innovation and reform.
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Indiana highway commissioner picked for Purdue job

June 11, 2013
Associated Press
The head of the Indiana Department of Transportation is looking to join former Gov. Mitch Daniels at Purdue University.
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Indiana BMV ends specialty plate talks with 3 groups

May 14, 2013
Associated Press
The BMV stopped negotiations with the Indiana Greenways Foundation, the Indiana 4-H Foundation and the Indiana Youth Group.
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Sewage overflow in Geist prompts state notice to utility

April 18, 2013
Dan Human
A state investigation has turned up possible environmental-rule violations by a Fishers-based utility company related to the sewage overflow last December.
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New Indiana child services chief aims to cut burnout

March 24, 2013
Associated Press
The incoming director of the Indiana Department of Child Services says her goals include figuring out how to reduce caseworker burnout and working with the Legislature to improve the agency's operations and the welfare of children.
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Lawsuit claims BMV overcharged Indiana residents by millions

March 7, 2013
Associated Press
A newly-filed lawsuit seeking class-action status accuses Indiana's Bureau of Motor Vehicles of "systematically" overcharging state residents by tens of millions of dollars for driver's licenses.
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  1. I am so impressed that the smoking ban FAILED in Kokomo! I might just move to your Awesome city!

  2. way to much breweries being built in indianapolis. its going to be saturated market, if not already. when is enough, enough??

  3. This house is a reminder of Hamilton County history. Its position near the interstate is significant to remember what Hamilton County was before the SUPERBROKERs, Navients, commercial parks, sprawling vinyl villages, and acres of concrete retail showed up. What's truly Wasteful is not reusing a structure that could still be useful. History isn't confined to parks and books.

  4. To compare Connor Prairie or the Zoo to a random old house is a big ridiculous. If it were any where near the level of significance there wouldn't be a major funding gap. Put a big billboard on I-69 funded by the tourism board for people to come visit this old house, and I doubt there would be any takers, since other than age there is no significance whatsoever. Clearly the tax payers of Fishers don't have a significant interest in this project, so PLEASE DON'T USE OUR VALUABLE MONEY. Government money is finite and needs to be utilized for the most efficient and productive purposes. This is far from that.

  5. I only tried it 2x and didn't think much of it both times. With the new apts plus a couple other of new developments on Guilford, I am surprised it didn't get more business. Plus you have a couple of subdivisions across the street from it. I hope Upland can keep it going. Good beer and food plus a neat environment and outdoor seating.

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