State Government

Anderson reduces cuts to fire, police departments

October 30, 2012
Associated Press
The Anderson City Council voted 8-1 Monday night to approve a 2013 budget that cuts nine firefighter and three police officer positions. That's down from the 29 total jobs in those departments that Mayor Kevin Smith initially proposed.
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Critics say grades for schools too complex to understand

October 27, 2012
Associated Press
Public schools around Indiana will learn their final grades next week under a ranking system using new rules that critics say are too complex for schools and parents to understand.
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Container makers want to restore fizz to state's recycling fundRestricted Content

October 27, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The money, long ago diverted by Gov. Daniels to the state's general fund, would help reduce landfill waste and lower manufacturing costs.
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Gregg tries to tie Pence to Mourdock in debate

October 25, 2012
Associated Press
Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Gregg worked to score political points at Thursday night's debate by trying to tie Republican opponent Mike Pence to embattled U.S. Senate nominee Richard Mourdock.
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Gubernatorial candidates set for final debate

October 25, 2012
Associated Press
At the last debate, Democrat John Gregg said he took "great offense" at Republican Mike Pence's plans to promote traditional families, which Gregg said would ignore single parents such as himself.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: GOP pillar reflects on party, mentors and Legislature

October 23, 2012
Mason King
LQ
                           Murray Clark Watch VideoHow deep are the roots in J. Murray Clark's political family tree? What still stings from the former state GOP chairman's tenure? How does he view the party today? What about fundraising tips? Clark has answers.
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Early voting rises across Indiana as GOP gets on board

October 22, 2012
Associated Press
The number of Hoosiers voting ahead of Election Day is rising across Indiana in part because of an effort by Republicans to urge their supporters to get to the polls.
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Institute for Working Families wants to extend subsidiesRestricted Content

October 20, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The institute’s latest report shows how relatively small pay increases can lead to big losses in benefits, including food stamps and child care vouchers.
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Gregg goes on attack in 2nd gubernatorial debate

October 17, 2012
Associated Press
Democrat John Gregg got personal Wednesday during the second Indiana gubernatorial debate, saying he took "great offense" at Republican Mike Pence's plans to promote traditional families, which Gregg said would ignore single parents such as himself.
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Daniels burns mortgages to mark lower Indiana debt

October 17, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels says the state government's debt for construction projects and other expenses has dropped by more than half during his eight years in office.
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Indiana gubernatorial candidates set for 2nd debate

October 17, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana's three candidates for governor will face each other Wednesday night for the second of three debates ahead of the election.
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GOP dominates latest money race for Senate, governor

October 15, 2012
Associated Press
Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence reported raising $2.9 million to Democrat John Gregg's $1 million, and Senate candidate Richard Mourdock raised $3 million to Democrat Joe Donnelly's $1.5 million. The amounts account for money raised in July, August and September.
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GOP aims to bolster legislative firepowerRestricted Content

October 13, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indiana Republicans expect to rule the Statehouse again in 2013, and the only question to be answered Nov. 6 is the extent of their majority.
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Lottery Commission inks contract, losing bidder files protest

October 12, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Hoosier Lottery officials on Friday signed a 15-year contract with private manager GTECH Indiana, which promised to return $1.76 billion to state coffers over the next five years.
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State Senate leader warns city about raiding CIB funds

October 11, 2012
Scott Olson
Council Democrats want to take funds from the Capital Improvement Board's $67 million cash reserve to help shore up the city's budget. But State Sen. Luke Kenley lobbed a threat that might make them think twice about pursuing the proposal.
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Gubernatorial rivals eager to cut taxesRestricted Content

October 6, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indiana’s major-party candidates for governor can’t bestow a job upon every unemployed Hoosier, but each has offered what he considers the next-best thing: at least $500 million in tax cuts.
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Indiana House GOP makes no guarantees on tax cuts

October 4, 2012
Associated Press
Tax cuts being pushed by gubernatorial candidates are hardly guaranteed a rubber stamp from lawmakers, and a state constitutional ban on same-sex marriage could win quick approval next year, Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma said Thursday.
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Daniels touts funding for teacher, judge pensions

October 4, 2012
Associated Press
Gov. Mitch Daniels said Thursday that $207 million will be invested in teacher pensions, along with $90 million toward judges' pensions and $32 million for police pensions.
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Competition puts dent in Indiana casino revenue

October 4, 2012
Scott Olson
Indiana casino revenue fell 3.5 percent through the first eight months of the year even though overall revenue at U.S. casinos grew 6 percent during the period. New casinos in Illinois and Ohio are likely to blame.
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Candidate Gregg tempers Indiana Democrat expectations

October 2, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana gubernatorial candidate John Gregg sought to downplay expectations from fellow Democrats Tuesday about what he might do if he beats the odds and gets elected next month.
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Lawmakers seek stage-safety rules that small events can handle

September 27, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers pondering new rules governing the type of temporary outdoor stage rigging involved in the 2011 State Fair stage collapse say they want to make sure the state doesn't overwhelm smaller events like county fairs with regulations.
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Gubernatorial, Senate debates planned for next monthRestricted Content

September 22, 2012
John Gregg and Mike Pence will square off in three debates, starting Oct. 10. Candidates for U.S. Senate will debate on Oct. 15 and Oct. 23.
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Group seeks to halt spending on Ohio River bridges

September 21, 2012
Associated Press
A group that opposes two new planned Ohio River bridges is asking a judge to force Indiana and Kentucky to halt spending on the $2.6 billion project.
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Gregg seeks $500M for transportation investment

September 20, 2012
Associated Press
Gubernatorial candidates are outlining their plans to enlist more corporate help for transportation needs as Indiana faces a new drop in road funds.
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GOP senator plans bill decriminalizing pot possession

September 20, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
State Sen. Brent Steele, R-Bedford, said he'll introduce legislation in the 2013 legislative session that would make possession of 10 grams or less of marijuana an infraction, rather than a criminal offense.
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  1. I never thought I'd see the day when a Republican Mayor would lead the charge in attempting to raise every tax we have to pay. Now it's income taxes and property taxes that Ballard wants to increase. And to pay for a pre-K program? Many studies have shown that pre-K offer no long-term educational benefits whatsoever. And Ballard is pitching it as a way of fighting crime? Who is he kidding? It's about government provided day care. It's a shame that we elected a Republican who has turned out to be a huge big spending, big taxing, big borrowing liberal Democrat.

  2. Why do we blame the unions? They did not create the 11 different school districts that are the root of the problem.

  3. I was just watching an AOW race from cleveland in 1997...in addition to the 65K for the race, there were more people in boats watching that race from the lake than were IndyCar fans watching the 2014 IndyCar season finale in the Fontana grandstands. Just sayin...That's some resurgence modern IndyCar has going. Almost profitable, nobody in the grandstands and TV ratings dropping 61% at some tracks in the series. Business model..."CRAZY" as said by a NASCAR track general manager. Yup, this thing is purring like a cat! Sponsors...send them your cash, pronto!!! LOL, not a chance.

  4. I'm sure Indiana is paradise for the wealthy and affluent, but what about the rest of us? Over the last 40 years, conservatives and the business elite have run this country (and state)into the ground. The pendulum will swing back as more moderate voters get tired of Reaganomics and regressive social policies. Add to that the wave of minority voters coming up in the next 10 to 15 years and things will get better. unfortunately we have to suffer through 10 more years of gerrymandered districts and dispropionate representation.

  5. Funny thing....rich people telling poor people how bad the other rich people are wanting to cut benefits/school etc and that they should vote for those rich people that just did it. Just saying..............

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