State Government

Budget could spur talks of school consolidation

April 25, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers may have found a way to spur the consolidation of small school districts without jumping into the politically unpopular issue: Starve small districts of state funding to financially push them toward merger talks.
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Indiana House passes bill to cut corporate tax rates

April 21, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana's corporate income tax rate would be cut by nearly 25 percent over the next four years under a plan the Indiana House has approved.
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State House OKs watered-down immigration bill

April 21, 2011
Associated Press
Businesses that hire illegal immigrants could have some state tax credits revoked under a proposal that has cleared the Indiana House.
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Final negotiations on Indiana budget start next week

April 21, 2011
Associated Press
A $28 billion budget proposal that cleared the Indiana Senate on Thursday includes a way to fine boycotting lawmakers — a provision Democrats oppose — and doesn't include an automatic taxpayer refund that the Republican governor wants.
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CVS to pay $858K over inflated drug claims

April 21, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller says the state will get $858,000 from CVS Pharmacy Inc. to settle allegations that the company overcharged Medicaid programs.
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Senate OKs plan spurred by White indictment

April 21, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana Senate has approved a bill that would allow Gov. Mitch Daniel to appoint a new secretary of state if indicted Republican Charlie White is found to be ineligible.
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Indiana Senate backs setting daily fines for boycotts

April 20, 2011
Associated Press
Republican frustration over the five-week walkout by Indiana House Democrats re-emerged Wednesday as the state Senate approved a method for $1,000-a-day fines against boycotting legislators.
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GOP forges ahead with Indiana redistricting

April 20, 2011
Associated Press
Republicans who now fully control the Legislature and the redistricting process say they've followed their commitment to draw new districts that are compact and avoid splitting up cities and counties.
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State's top anti-smoking agency could be abolished

April 20, 2011
Scott Olson
Indiana Tobacco Prevention and Cessation, formed in 2001 and funded by money from a settlement with the tobacco industry, may be consolidated into the state Department of Health as a budget-cutting measure.
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Bill would shift tax appeals in property owners' favor

April 20, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
A bill expected to be heard Wednesday in the Indiana House would give property owners appealing the assessed value of their homes or buildings more clout in the fight.
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State Senate OKs bill to cut Planned Parenthood aid

April 19, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana Senate approved a bill Tuesday that would cut off funding to Planned Parenthood and give the state some of the country's tightest abortion restrictions.
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Indiana House passes criminal checks on medical workers

April 19, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana House has approved a bill requiring criminal background checks for anyone seeking a new license to be a doctor, dentist or several other health care jobs.
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Bill on teacher union rights heads to governor

April 19, 2011
Associated Press
A bill to restrict Indiana teachers' collective bargaining rights has cleared its final legislative hurdle, becoming the first part of Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels' sweeping education agenda to make it to the governor's desk.
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Daniels wants taxpayer refund back in budget

April 19, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels has written lawmakers to urge them to restore an automatic taxpayer refund that was removed from a budget proposal this week.
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Statehouse fight continues over bank-insurance fund

April 19, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Indiana lawmakers likely will avoid tapping an obscure bank-insurance fund to help bolster state coffers, but bankers may not survive the battle completely unscathed.
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IBM: Daniels' email shows he had key role in deal

April 18, 2011
Associated Press
IBM wants to depose Daniels soon because it's concerned he will announce he's running for president and would be too busy on the campaign trail to give a deposition.
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Indiana Senate backs pulling Planned Parenthood money

April 18, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana Senate voted Monday to prohibit any state contracts or grants with Planned Parenthood or other organizations that provide abortions.
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UPDATE: Senate panel OKs budget with more school money

April 18, 2011
Associated Press
An Indiana Senate committee on Monday approved a state budget that relies on a new, more optimistic revenue estimate to direct more cash to schools, restore previously proposed cuts and leave Indiana with more money in the bank than prior versions.
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Sunday alcohol sales backers make final push

April 18, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Proposed legislation that would allow grocery stores in Indiana to sell cold beer and alcohol on Sundays faces an uphill battle in the General Assembly.
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Indiana lawmakers push voluntary renewable standards

April 17, 2011
Associated Press
Senate Bill 251, which passed the Indiana House Utilities and Energy committee Friday, calls for a voluntary goal of producing 10 percent of the state's electricity from renewable energy resources by 2025.
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House panel backs GOP redistricting plan

April 16, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana House elections committee voted 8-5 along party lines in favor of the proposals after Republicans revised the lines for several scattered state House districts from what they had proposed Monday.
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Indiana House OKs bill limiting teacher contracts

April 15, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana House has approved a bill that would limit collective bargaining agreements between local districts and teachers' unions to only wages and wage-related benefits.
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House panel backs weakened immigration bill

April 15, 2011
Associated Press
An Indiana House committee has approved a watered-down immigration proposal a day after removing a contentious provision that would have given police officers more latitude to ask people for proof that they are in the country legally.
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Analysts: Indiana taking in more money than expected

April 15, 2011
Associated Press
Analysts told the State Budget Committee on Friday they expect the state to take in some $643.7 million more in fiscal 2012 and 2013 than anticipated in the previous revenue forecast.
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UPDATE: Extra tax dollars aimed at full-day kindergarten

April 15, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
A projected increase in state revenue should allow all Indiana school districts to provide full-day kindergarten, a long-time goal of the governor and many education officials.
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  1. A Tilted Kilt at a water park themed hotel? Who planned that one? I guess the Dad's need something to do while the kids are on the water slides.

  2. Don't come down on the fair for offering drinks. This is a craft and certainly one that belongs in agriculture due to ingredients. And for those worrying about how much you can drink. I'm sure it's more to do with liability than anything else. They don't want people suing for being over served. If you want a buzz, do a little pre-drinking before you go.

  3. I don't drink but go into this "controlled area" so my friend can drink. They have their 3 drink limit and then I give my friend my 3 drink limit. How is the fair going to control this very likely situation????

  4. I feel the conditions of the alcohol sales are a bit heavy handed, but you need to realize this is the first year in quite some time that beer & wine will be sold at the fair. They're starting off slowly to get a gauge on how it will perform this year - I would assume if everything goes fine that they relax some of the limits in the next year or couple of years. That said, I think requiring the consumption of alcohol to only occur in the beer tent is a bit much. That is going to be an awkward situation for those with minors - "Honey, I'm getting a beer... Ok, sure go ahead... Alright see you in just a min- half an hour."

  5. This might be an effort on the part of the State Fair Board to manage the risk until they get a better feel for it. However, the blanket notion that alcohol should not be served at "family oriented" events is perhaps an oversimplification. and not too realistic. For 15 years, I was a volunteer at the Indianapolis Air Show, which was as family oriented an event as it gets. We sold beer donated by Monarch Beverage Company and served by licensed and trained employees of United Package Liquors who were unpaid volunteers. And where did that money go? To central Indiana children's charities, including Riley Hospital for Children! It's all about managing the risk.

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