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State's full-day kindergarten enrollment grows

December 11, 2012
Associated Press
The number of Indiana children enrolled in full-day kindergarten has increased by 19 percent since the state more than doubled spending for the program.
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Study calls Indiana Toll Road lease a bad deal

December 10, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana Toll Road lease may have paid off in the short term, but a new study concludes it'll be a bad deal for taxpayers in the long run. Indiana officials say the report is flawed.
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Indiana lawmakers urged to strengthen casino industry

December 10, 2012
Associated Press
A southern Indiana economic development association is urging the Legislature to strengthen the state's casino industry by revising existing gambling laws to allow it to remain competitive as casinos open in surrounding states.
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Deadline looms to refile for homestead tax break

December 10, 2012
Scott Olson
The law, passed in 2009, says Hoosier homeowners will lose their deduction beginning in 2013 if they don't complete and return a homestead verification form by Jan. 1.
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Bill would crack down on convenience store safetyRestricted Content

December 8, 2012
Stores with crime problems that wanted to remain open overnight would have to do one of the following: have two employees working, install a bulletproof enclosure, have a security guard or conduct business through a pass-through trough.
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Lawmakers may tighten grip on gold-buying businessRestricted Content

December 8, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
State lawmakers and Indianapolis officials are looking to regulate the gold-buying business, which police say provides an easy outlet for stolen goods. Cash-for-gold stores have multiplied as prices more than doubled since 2007.
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Pence travels Indiana to thank supporters, voters

December 6, 2012
Associated Press
Gov.-elect Mike Pence pledged to work with both parties to improve Indiana's economy but sidestepped potential political minefields as he hit the road Thursday for a two-day trip to thank supporters who helped him win the governor's office.
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Pence taps banker Alley to stay in administration post

December 5, 2012
Former bank executive Mike Alley will continue in his position as commissioner of Indiana’s Department of Revenue under Gov.-elect Mike Pence. Pence also announced two more cabinet appointments.
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Indiana senator seeks 'truth in education' law

December 4, 2012
Associated Press
Senate Education Committee chairman Dennis Kruse said he would not introduce a creationism measure again this year, choosing a lighter tack instead. His new proposal, he said, would encourage students to question a broad range of topics in the classroom.
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Longtime Pence aide to serve as chief of staff

December 4, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Gov.-elect Mike Pence's top congressional aide is moving to the governor's office to serve as his chief of staff.
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Record number of companies grow Indiana operationsRestricted Content

December 1, 2012
The Indiana Economic Development Corp. said 220 businesses have expanded or started here, and the number could grow before the end of the year.
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Proposal would move up online sales tax collection

November 29, 2012
Associated Press
Two lawmakers say they plan to introduce legislation in the new year that would require Amazon.com and other online-only retailers with a presence in Indiana to begin collecting sales tax on July 1, 2013, six months earlier than expected.
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State health commissioner returning to private sector

November 29, 2012
Dr. Gregory N. Larkin, appointed commissioner of the Indiana State Department of Health by Gov. Mitch Daniels in 2010, will leave his position in January to become medical director of OurHealth, an employer on-site clinic company.
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Budget-writing Indiana lawmakers hear from agencies

November 28, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana's budget picture is slowly taking shape, but the big questions about tax collections, tax cuts and how much will be spent on education remain to be seen.
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Pence appoints veteran Indiana aide chief counsel

November 28, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Gov.-elect Mike Pence announced Wednesday that Mark Ahearn would serve as his general counsel. Ahearn comes from the Indiana Department of Transportation and previously worked for Pence and former Sen. Dan Quayle in Congress.
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Lawmakers propose DCS hotline changes, new panels

November 27, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers reviewing the embattled Department of Child Services voted Tuesday to localize more decisions on when to investigate cases of child abuse and neglect and set up a permanent oversight committee at the Statehouse.
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Pence names Daniels aide to be budget chief

November 26, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Gov.-elect Mike Pence has tapped one of his top campaign aides and a veteran of Gov. Mitch Daniels' administration to lead the state's budget office.
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Proposal would move up online sales tax collection

November 26, 2012
Associated Press
Two lawmakers say they plan to introduce legislation in the new year that would require Amazon.com and other online-only retailers with a presence in Indiana to begin collecting sales tax on July 1, 2013, six months earlier than expected.
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Advocates prep for Indiana gay marriage battle

November 26, 2012
Associated Press
Supporters and opponents of gay marriage are already squaring off in a battle over whether to amend Indiana's constitution that could stretch until voters decide the issue in November 2014.
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New Indiana schools chief: GOP approval unnecessary

November 25, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana's new superintendent of public instruction, Democrat Glenda Ritz, said she can make some policy changes for the state's schools without needing the approval of the Republican-controlled General Assembly and governor's office.
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Lawmaker seeks funding to tackle abandoned housingRestricted Content

November 24, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
State Rep. Ed Clere plans to introduce a bill that would give municipalities explicit powers to create land banks, which can sell surplus property for redevelopment. He also wants to include a revenue source to support land-bank operations and eliminate tax-foreclosure sales as a form of investor speculation.
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Indiana taxpayers to see $111 credit from surplus

November 21, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana taxpayers will receive a $111 credit on their state income tax returns next year as the state distributes part of its budget surplus. The credit will be $222 for couples filing joint returns.
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Bosma: Indiana Legislature needs another 'odd couple'

November 20, 2012
Associated Press
House Speaker Brian Bosma used the ceremonial opening of Indiana's legislative session Tuesday to call for bipartisanship, even though Republicans now enjoy a supermajority that largely allows them to circumvent Democrats to push through their plans.
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Indiana legislative leaders ponder health costs

November 19, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana's top lawmakers said Monday they're not sure what to expect from the federal health care law other than greater costs at a time the state's budget is already stretched thin.
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State Chamber outlines priorities for legislative session

November 19, 2012
Scott Olson
Economic development typically tops the chamber's agenda, and for the upcoming session the pro-business organization is backing Gov.-elect Mike Pence's idea for a new state-sponsored research institute.
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