State Budget

Key Indiana lawmakers optimistic about budget deal

April 27, 2011
Associated Press
Legislative leaders think they are on track to reach a budget deal by the time the legislative session ends Friday.
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Teacher merit pay bill heads to Daniels' desk

April 25, 2011
Associated Press
A bill linking teacher pay with student performance has won final legislative approval and now heads to Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels for his signature.
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Budget could spur talks of school consolidation

April 25, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers may have found a way to spur the consolidation of small school districts without jumping into the politically unpopular issue: Starve small districts of state funding to financially push them toward merger talks.
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Indiana House passes bill to cut corporate tax rates

April 21, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana's corporate income tax rate would be cut by nearly 25 percent over the next four years under a plan the Indiana House has approved.
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Daniels wants taxpayer refund back in budget

April 19, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels has written lawmakers to urge them to restore an automatic taxpayer refund that was removed from a budget proposal this week.
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Statehouse fight continues over bank-insurance fund

April 19, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Indiana lawmakers likely will avoid tapping an obscure bank-insurance fund to help bolster state coffers, but bankers may not survive the battle completely unscathed.
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Indiana Senate backs pulling Planned Parenthood money

April 18, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana Senate voted Monday to prohibit any state contracts or grants with Planned Parenthood or other organizations that provide abortions.
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Analysts: Indiana taking in more money than expected

April 15, 2011
Associated Press
Analysts told the State Budget Committee on Friday they expect the state to take in some $643.7 million more in fiscal 2012 and 2013 than anticipated in the previous revenue forecast.
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Parties near deal for hospital tax

April 11, 2011
J.K. Wall
Officials from Indiana Medicaid and a hospital trade group are trying to craft a deal that would create a tax on hospitals that would help attract more federal funds for hospitals—thereby offsetting looming cuts in state payments.
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FEIGENBAUM: Wrangling over budget takes center stage in Legislature

April 9, 2011
Ed Feigenbaum
Budget cuts became more painful in the past several years as the national recession drew the fiscal noose tighter on Indiana government income.
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Next state budget to spend $117M more on pensions

April 1, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers plan to set aside more money in the next two-year budget to help deal with unfunded pension liabilities, but experts warn the amount needed to pay retirees will only grow in the next 15 years.
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Indiana House backs GOP state budget plan

March 30, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana House has approved a Republican-backed state budget plan that would keep overall education funding at current levels while making major shifts in the way money is divvied up among individual school districts.
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Indiana budget faces hundreds of possible changes

March 29, 2011
Associated Press
More than 330 proposed amendments to the state budget bill were listed online as of Monday night, and Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma said more are pending.
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Indiana Legislature moves on without boycotting Dems

March 21, 2011
Associated Press
House Speaker Brian Bosma directed Republican committee chairmen to hold meetings starting this week to discuss Senate bills, even though no official action or votes can be taken until Democrats return and provide the quorum required by the state constitution.
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Indiana House Democrats still refusing to work

March 7, 2011
Associated Press
An Indiana House Democrat threatened Monday to continue the caucus's ongoing boycott "as long as it takes" to get changes made to Republican-backed proposals, even if their absence shuts down state government.
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Indiana House speaker set to fine boycotters

March 3, 2011
Associated Press
Most House Democrats skipped Thursday morning's floor session, extending their stay at an Urbana, Ill., hotel to an 11th day and preventing action on labor and education bills they oppose.
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Indiana House Democrats take boycott into second week

February 28, 2011
Associated Press
House Democrats say they won't return to the Statehouse unless Republicans give into their demands to change labor-related legislation.
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Indiana overpays localities $610M over 3 years

February 25, 2011
Associated Press
State budget officials are seeking to recoup much of nearly $610 million overpaid to local governments in fiscal years 2009, 2010 and 2011 due to income tax revenue estimates thrown off by the lingering recession.
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House GOP budget spares bank insurance fund

February 22, 2011
J.K. Wall
Indiana bankers are relieved House Republicans decided to spare a bank insurance fund from being raided to plug holes elsewhere in the state’s finances, but they're not done lobbying against the idea.
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SHOBERT: Indiana continues to mind the store

February 19, 2011
Benjamin A. Shobert
Indiana’s current fiscal position points a way forward, illuminating what the next decade of good government, and good partnership between municipalities and businesses, should look like—not only at a regional level, but for the nation as a whole as well.
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GOP-led Indiana House panel OKs new budget proposal

February 18, 2011
Associated Press
A Republican-controlled Indiana House committee has approved a GOP budget proposal that would keep overall education funding at current levels while making major shifts in the way money is divvied up among individual school districts.
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UPDATE: GOP budget includes big shift in school funding

February 17, 2011
Associated Press
Individual school districts could see major shifts in funding but overall education funding would remain at current levels under a state budget plan presented Thursday by Republicans who control the Indiana House.
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Panel OKs plan to cut Indiana corporate tax rate

February 16, 2011
Associated Press
A proposed cut of more than 20 percent in the state's corporate income tax rate would improve Indiana's business climate without hurting the state budget, the leader of the Indiana Senate's tax committee said Wednesday.
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Indiana moving ahead with plan to fix jobless fund

February 10, 2011
Associated Press
Legislators aren't holding up a plan to fix Indiana's debt-ridden unemployment insurance fund as they wait to see whether the federal government will put off charging the states interest on what they owe.
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Indiana House budget leader expects plan next week

February 7, 2011
Associated Press
The House Ways and Means Committee began taking public testimony Monday about the two-year state budget plan after four weeks of hearings with state agencies and universities.
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  1. The deductible is entirely paid by the POWER account. No one ever has to contribute more than $25/month into the POWER account and it is often less. The only cost not paid out of the POWER account is the ER copay ($8-25) for non-emergent use of the ER. And under HIP 2.0, if a member calls the toll-free, 24 hour nurse line, and the nurse tells them to go to the ER, the copay is waived. It's also waived if the member is admitted to the hospital. Honestly, although it is certainly not "free" - I think Indiana has created a decent plan for the currently uninsured. Also consider that if a member obtains preventive care, she can lower her monthly contribution for the next year. Non-profits may pay up to 75% of the contribution on behalf of the member, and the member's employer may pay up to 50% of the contribution.

  2. I wonder if the governor could multi-task and talk to CMS about helping Indiana get our state based exchange going so Hoosiers don't lose subsidy if the court decision holds. One option I've seen is for states to contract with healthcare.gov. Or maybe Indiana isn't really interested in healthcare insurance coverage for Hoosiers.

  3. So, how much did either of YOU contribute? HGH Thank you Mr. Ozdemir for your investments in this city and your contribution to the arts.

  4. So heres brilliant planning for you...build a $30 M sports complex with tax dollars, yet send all the hotel tax revenue to Carmel and Fishers. Westfield will unlikely never see a payback but the hotel "centers" of Carmel and Fishers will get rich. Lousy strategy Andy Cook!

  5. AlanB, this is how it works...A corporate welfare queen makes a tiny contribution to the arts and gets tons of positive media from outlets like the IBJ. In turn, they are more easily to get their 10s of millions of dollars of corporate welfare (ironically from the same people who are against welfare for humans).

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