State Government

Daniels outlines fix for national debt in new book

September 19, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels writes in his new book that massive entitlement spending reform is needed to avert a national economic disaster.
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Government pension performance stings citiesRestricted Content

September 17, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
The pension fund that holds benefits for public employees has seen improved investment returns over the last two years, but the hammering it took during the depths of the recession continues to deal a blow to cities, counties and other employers.
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State’s unemployment rate climbs to 8.7 percent

September 16, 2011
Indiana's jobless rate increased for the second straight month, reaching its highest level since February.
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Indiana exports hit annual record

September 15, 2011
The state shipped $28.7 billion in goods last year to foreign countries, including Canada, Mexico and Germany, which accounted for most of the demand, according to a report from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business.
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Official says feds got Indiana error rate wrong

September 14, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana makes a lot of errors on unemployment insurance benefits, the White House and U.S. Labor Department said Wednesday, but the state official overseeing those payments said federal officials are making mistakes of their own.
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Conservative legislator Delph won't challenge Lugar

September 14, 2011
Associated Press
State Sen. Mike Delph said Wednesday he would stay in the Indiana Legislature and focus on raising his family.
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Daniels' book latest of many governors' tomes

September 11, 2011
Associated Press
Of the nation's 50 sitting governors, almost a quarter of them are authors. Four, including Daniels, have written tomes while serving as their state's chief executive.
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Indiana gives grants to convert fleets to alternative fuelsRestricted Content

September 10, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The Office of Energy Development is dispensing grants of up to $500,000 to help private- and public-sector organizations convert their vehicles.
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Indiana Live to get federal hearing on tax matterRestricted Content

September 10, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Shelbyville racetrack and casino could save millions if it successfully contests the way Indiana interprets state tax law.
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Costs of State Fair stage collapse investigation could be steep

September 9, 2011
Scott Olson
Officials say it's too early to know how much the state will pay for the investigation of the tragedy. But fees stipulated in contracts with investigators show costs easily could surpass seven figures.
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State Fair victims could receive funds in next few weeks

September 7, 2011
Scott Olson
A State Fair Remembrance Fund now containing more than $800,000 likely will be distributed before the state pays out a maximum $5 million in damages allowed by law, officials said Wednesday afternoon.
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General Assembly considers going paperless with iPads

September 5, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana state lawmakers may trade in the reams of paper they use each session for sleeker iPads.
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Daniels works to maintain national profile

September 5, 2011
Associated Press
Since he decided against running for president in May, Gov. Mitch Daniels has given more interviews on national television than when he was still considering a run. Although he has said no to the top of the presidential ticket, he has not ruled out running for vice president.
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State preparing to pay maximum in stage collapse damages

August 31, 2011
Scott Olson
Attorney General Greg Zoeller said Indiana will pay $5 million and get advice on distributing the money to victims of the State Fair tragedy from an expert who administered compensation funds following 9/11.
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Indiana Supreme Court to hear state back-pay dispute

August 31, 2011
Associated Press
The class-action lawsuit argued that some state employees were required to work 40 hours a week while others were paid the same for working 37.5 hours.
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'Survivor' contestant considers run for governor

August 30, 2011
Associated Press
Former "Survivor" contestant Rupert Boneham has formed an exploratory committee to possibly seek the Libertarian Party's nomination for governor.
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Indiana officials settle voter registration lawsuit

August 26, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana officials have settled a class-action lawsuit that claimed the state wasn't following federal laws over the opportunity for voter registration at public assistance offices.
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State launches program to help employ ex-offenders

August 24, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
The state is launching an initiative aimed at helping ex-offenders find jobs, particularly with large businesses that tend to have the most trepidation about hiring them.
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More Indiana welfare requests being submitted online

August 23, 2011
Associated Press
More than half of the state's new applications for food stamps and other welfare assistance are being submitted online, Indiana social services chief Michael Gargano told lawmakers Tuesday.
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Illinois facing jobs assault from other states

August 23, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana is leading a push by other states to chip away at Illinois' vulnerable economic image and lure jobs away.
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Indiana property tax caps slice 2011 bills

August 23, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana property taxpayers saw their savings grow by 32 percent this year compared to a year ago thanks to statewide tax caps on their 2011 bills, according to a state report.
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Judge orders Indiana to preserve fair stage wreckage

August 23, 2011
Associated Press
A judge says he will issue a temporary restraining order prohibiting the state from destroying any evidence from the deadly collapse of an Indiana State Fair stage.
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Court rules state overreached when it shut puppy mill

August 23, 2011
Associated Press
The state had seized and sold 240 dogs at business, citing $142,000 in unpaid taxes.
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Racinos ask federal court to lower their tax liabilityRestricted Content

August 20, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
If Indiana Live and Hoosier Park prevail, the racetrack-casinos may cut they could cut their combined tax bill by $30 million a year.
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Education battle unleashed torrents of money in IndianaRestricted Content

August 20, 2011
J.K. Wall
Education reformers dramatically outspent opponents on lobbying, advertising and grass-roots campaigning during the past legislative session.
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