State Government

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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Lawmakers brace for health law, potential costs

November 18, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers can add confusion over the federal health insurance law to their already overflowing plate when they return for their 2013 legislative session in January.
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Transit, runoff bills on environmental group's legislative wish listRestricted Content

November 17, 2012
Chris O'Malley
But with a legislature that could be unreceptive to environmental policy, HEC is also guarding against an unwinding of existing laws.
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State's local income tax system isn't keeping up with demandRestricted Content

November 17, 2012
A report by the Indiana University Public Policy Institute and Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute recommends streamlining the system.
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States gain delay on deadline for health-law marketplaces

November 16, 2012
Bloomberg News
States received an extra month from the Obama administration to decide whether to build online marketplaces for medical insurance after Republican governors pressed their resistance to the president’s health-care law.
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Pence solidifies opposition to state exchange

November 15, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Gov.-elect Mike Pence closed the door on a state-run health insurance exchange Thursday, arguing that the estimated $50 million cost of the state program was not worth the limited autonomy granted in return.
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Pence not ruling out health partnership with feds

November 14, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Gov.-elect Mike Pence has ruled out building a state-run health insurance exchange but appears to be leaving open the option of running a joint venture with the federal government as a critical decision deadline draws near.
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GOP taps health care expert to run state budget panel

November 13, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma is picking a new Ways and Means chairman with an eye on dealing with health care costs in the coming years.
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Report backs simpler Indiana local tax system

November 13, 2012
Associated Press
A new report on Indiana's local income taxes urges state legislators to simplify a system that has seven types of taxes and a two-year lag before the money collected by the state is distributed to local governments.
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Hoosier Environmental Council's job no easier with Pence administrationRestricted Content

November 10, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Group plans full-time presence at Statehouse to guard against governor, Republican legislature rolling back environmental protections.
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Indiana taking closer look at loosening pot laws

November 9, 2012
Associated Press
Key Indiana legislators from both parties are looking at decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana.
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Indiana's top state budget official finds new job

November 9, 2012
Associated Press
The top state budget official under Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels has decided to move into an executive position with Indiana University Health when the governor's term ends in January.
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Indiana Senate Democrats name minority leader

November 7, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Senate Democrats have elected Tim Lanane to lead their 13-member caucus in General Assembly.
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Voters embrace education reform locally, but not in state race

November 7, 2012
Scott Olson
Three new reform-minded IPS board members could help usher in sweeping changes to the school district. At the state level, however, school librarian Glenda Ritz denied Tony Bennett a second term as voters spurned his sweeping education overhaul.
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Republicans keep supermajority in Indiana Senate

November 7, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Republicans held on to their supermajority in the Indiana Senate, maintaining a 37-13 edge after Tuesday's election.
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Mass-transit advocates make headway in new Legislature

November 7, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
The $1.3 billion transit plan for Hamilton and Marion counties is one of a few lingering issues — along with Sunday alcohol sales and a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage — likely to appear before lawmakers in 2013.
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GOP's Pence wins election as Indiana governor

November 7, 2012
Associated Press
Republican Mike Pence won election Tuesday as Indiana governor, extending his party's control of the state's top office.
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Republicans retain control of Indiana Legislature

November 7, 2012
Associated Press
Republicans will keep control of both houses in the Indiana General Assembly although it wasn't certain late Tuesday whether they'll win the supermajority needed to thwart boycott threats from House Democrats.
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Teacher wrath boosts Ritz to upset in state education race

November 6, 2012
Associated Press
In the shocker of Tuesday night's election results, teachers unhappy with Republican Tony Bennett's sweeping education reforms propelled dark-horse Democrat Glenda Ritz into the role of superintendent of public instruction.
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Carson, Stutzman win re-election in House races

November 6, 2012
Associated Press
Republican Rep. Marlin Stutzman and incumbent Democratic Rep. Andre Carson were re-elected to the U.S. House on Tuesday along with two other incumbents.
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Zoeller wins 2nd term as Indiana attorney general

November 6, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller has won re-election as the state government's top lawyer. The Republican defeated Democratic nominee Kay Fleming to win a second four-year term.
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Long lines, delays greet voters on election day

November 6, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indiana voters stood in line for up to three hours in some cases Tuesday to cast their ballots in a series of races for the White House on down that Republicans hoped to dominate.
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Low enrollment clouds Healthy Indiana PlanRestricted Content

November 3, 2012
J.K. Wall
Many Indiana Republicans want to use the Healthy Indiana Plan to expand Medicaid coverage in Indiana to more low-income adults. But the program—which offers health insurance based on health savings accounts to uninsured adults—has managed to attract just one-third of the Hoosiers it was designed for and has cost about twice as much per enrollee as predicted.
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Gregg using attack ads in homestretch

November 1, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Democrat John Gregg has been trying for months to paint Republican Mike Pence as an extremist, and his latest ad is the most direct attack in the governor's race to date.
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Donnelly took same stance as Mourdock in abortion bill

November 1, 2012
Associated Press
What Democratic Congressman Joe Donnelly doesn't bring up in attack ads against Richard Mourdock is that last year he backed a measure that would have denied federal abortion funding even in cases of rape and incest.
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