State Government

Agency blames caseworker turnover on pay, scrutiny

July 25, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana's Department of Child Services on Wednesday blamed a combination of low pay and job stress stemming from media coverage of the agency for an increasing turnover rate among child caseworkers.
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Audit of $526M in state tax errors could take months

July 25, 2012
Associated Press
Representatives of the accounting firm Deloitte told Indiana budget leaders their assessment of what needs to be audited could last through August. The audit itself could take months longer after that.
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Bauer says he won't resign, urges Democratic unity

July 25, 2012
Associated Press
House Minority Leader Patrick Bauer held a Statehouse news conference Wednesday amid reports his caucus would meet Thursday in Lafayette to vote to remove him as its leader.
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$63M fairgrounds Coliseum project to include new arena

July 25, 2012
 IBJ Staff
State Fair Commission Chairman Andre Lacy said the new venue will keep youth hockey games and horse shows going while the Coliseum hosts concerts and other events.
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Republicans open fire on Gregg in race for governor

July 24, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Republicans opened a line of attack on Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Gregg on Tuesday with the argument that he spent too much of the state's money during his time in the General Assembly.
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Indiana lawmaker seeks to close voucher law loophole

July 24, 2012
Associated Press
A state lawmaker plans to sponsor a bill seeking to close a loophole that bars the children of some military families from taking part in Indiana's school voucher program.
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Lottery could expand to grow state's take

July 21, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
The $791 million Hoosier Lottery threw open bidding July 11 for a 10-year contract on marketing, sales and distribution services. The lottery wants to be among the fastest-growing in the country, and it’s looking to the gambling industry to help it reach that goal.
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Indiana can't collect on IBM welfare lawsuit, judge rules

July 18, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana cannot collect millions of dollars it claims IBM owed after its efforts to overhaul the state's welfare system failed, and the computer giant is entitled to payment for equipment the state kept, a judge said in a Wednesday ruling that condemned both sides.
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Gregg, Pence ratchet up fundraising in race

July 16, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Republican Mike Pence and Democrat John Gregg are heading into the key stretch of the Indiana governor's race with strong bankrolls.
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After 2011 tragedy, state fair expands offerings

July 14, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
The Indiana State Fair is raising admission prices and adding a parking charge as it tries to recover from a big hit to its bottom line caused by last year’s tragic stage collapse.
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Indiana closes year with $2.1B in cash reserves

July 12, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana's state government is sitting on cash reserves of $2.15 billion following a year of continued budget cuts and improved tax collections.
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Council mulls axing applications' prior-conviction box

July 7, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
City-County Councilor Vop Osili thinks the city could level the job-seeking playing field for ex-offenders by eliminating the question of past convictions on job applications.
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Gubernatorial candidates agree to 3 debates across state

July 6, 2012
Associated Press
Republican Mike Pence, Democrat John Gregg and Libertarian Rupert Boneham are vying to succeed Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels, who is term-limited from seeking re-election in November.
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Man's lawsuit claims Indiana agency broke law

July 3, 2012
Associated Press
A decision by Indiana's social services agency to stop helping hundreds of severely developmentally disabled people in a Medicaid waiver program pay for food violates state law, the father of an autistic man on public assistance claims.
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Daniels touts tax credit from $2B Indiana surplus

July 3, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels is touting state cash reserves he says will send an additional $100 to each Indiana taxpayer through automatic tax credits next year.
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Indiana GOP loses big gun Daniels ahead of elections

July 1, 2012
Associated Press
One of the biggest surprises of the announcement that Gov. Mitch Daniels would take over as Purdue University president in January was his pledge to stop campaigning and commenting on politics until then.
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Indiana court ruling could affect mentally ill kids

July 1, 2012
Associated Press
A recent Indiana Court of Appeals opinion could affect how the state Department of Child Services obtains treatment for some children with mental illnesses or developmental disabilities.
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High court ruling could leave 290K Hoosiers uncovered

July 1, 2012
J.K. Wall
A decision by Indiana to leave its Medicaid program unchanged could leave as many as 290,000 Hoosier adults, who would have been newly eligible for Medicaid coverage, with no good options.
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State scrubs contractor-financing plan for U.S. 31Restricted Content

June 30, 2012
Chris O'Malley
INDOT still plans to complete project three years sooner with traditional financing.
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Indiana sends Congress tab for illegal immigration

June 29, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana's budget director calculates illegal immigrants have cost Indiana $130.9 million.
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Daniels says legislators to decide Medicaid change

June 29, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels says he wants to make sure he understands the Supreme Court ruling upholding the health care law before deciding how the state will respond.
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Indiana awaits ruling before starting health exchange

June 26, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana has spent the past year and a half planning for its own health insurance exchange in case the U.S. Supreme Court upholds President Barack Obama's health care law, but the state still could end up being forced into the federal exchange.
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Pence wants moratorium on new business regulations

June 26, 2012
Associated Press
Mike Pence said that if elected governor, he'll issue an executive order against new regulations and ask his budget office to review existing rules to ensure they use the least-costly approach and aren't burdensome to job-creation efforts.
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High court rejects part of Arizona immigration law

June 25, 2012
Associated Press
The Supreme Court has struck down key provisions of Arizona's crackdown on illegal immigrants. But the court said Monday that one much-debated part of the law could go forward.
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Attorney general ties $6M for fair victims to private settlement

June 22, 2012
Associated Press
To get some of the additional $6 million the state is offering, victims of the Indiana State Fair stage collapse would agree to clear Mid America Sound and J. Thomas Engineering of any wrongdoing. In return, they also would get a portion of $7.2 million the companies are offering.
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