Statehouse Dispatch

FEIGENBAUM: Lawmakers did much more than pass right to workRestricted Content

March 17, 2012
Ed Feigenbaum
While some editorial writers suggest legislators accomplished little of consequence this session, and House Democrats lament lost opportunities to restore education funding and fix child services programs, we actually experienced a remarkably productive final four weeks.
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FEIGENBAUM: Costly transportation projects may spawn taxpayer road rageRestricted Content

March 10, 2012
Ed Feigenbaum
Even many lawmakers expected the Major Moves transportation fund would obviate the need to find large amounts of state dollars for critical projects.
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FEIGENBAUM: Fiscal issues to dominate waning days of the sessionRestricted Content

March 3, 2012
Ed Feigenbaum
This year, with the right-to-work debate having sucked all the air out of the session—and largely all the fight out of House Democrats—before the Super Bowl, the final weeks of the session are less intriguing than usual.
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FEIGENBAUM: Maneuvering already under way for 2013 sessionRestricted Content

February 25, 2012
Ed Feigenbaum
It may seem the next few weeks will be devoid of major public policy debates you’re accustomed to expect as sessions wind down, but rest assured that activity below the surface is already paving the way for intriguing major action in 2013.
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FEIGENBAUM: State not coming to grips with slide in gambling taxesRestricted Content

February 18, 2012
Ed Feigenbaum
You might be surprised to learn that Indiana’s casinos have passed the $10 billion mark in wagering and admissions taxes paid to the state and their respective host cities.
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FEIGENBAUM: Lots of bills still in play as session nears home stretchRestricted Content

February 11, 2012
Ed Feigenbaum
Many issues that address daily commerce, business relationships, education policy, and the internal functions of state and local government remain to be addressed.
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FEIGENBAUM: Right-to-work resolution opens floodgates for other billsRestricted Content

February 4, 2012
Ed Feigenbaum
House Democrats and Republicans, who had been bickering like Patriots and Giants fans, suddenly seemed to drop all political pretenses, and returned to conducting the people’s business.
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FEIGENBAUM: Democrats' end game difficult to decipherRestricted Content

January 28, 2012
Ed Feigenbaum
While the end game sought by House Democrats was elusive as they tried to halt the right-to-work bill advocated by all but a handful of House Republicans, the Jan. 25 passage of the legislation in the House doesn’t necessarily offer new certainty.
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FEIGENBAUM: Constitutional question derails right-to-work dealmakingRestricted Content

January 21, 2012
Ed Feigenbaum
Even before the first full month of the year has passed, every conceivable metaphor for the importance of the right-to-work issue in the 2012 legislative session has been (ab)used.
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FEIGENBAUM: Democrats must assess strategy as right-to-work advancesRestricted Content

January 14, 2012
Ed Feigenbaum
On the evening of the New Hampshire presidential primary, Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels delivered his eighth and final State of the State address to the Indiana General Assembly and Hoosiers at home in the television audience.
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FEIGENBAUM: Right-to-work just one of big stories brewing in '12Restricted Content

January 7, 2012
Ed Feigenbaum
Hoosiers may never have started a January with the likely litany of top 10 stories of the year lined up quite as transparently as they seem for 2012.
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FEIGENBAUM: Chief justice's retirement puts court at crossroadsRestricted Content

December 31, 2011
Ed Feigenbaum
You cannot overstate the positive impact Indiana’s longest-serving Supreme Court chief justice, Randall T. Shepard, has had on the state and local judiciary in Indiana (and nationally, where he is the longest-serving court leader).
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FEIGENBAUM: Passage of Daniels' agenda will spawn sweeping change

May 7, 2011
Ed Feigenbaum
You shouldn’t have much trouble discerning the immediate winners from the 2011 session of the Indiana General Assembly.
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FEIGENBAUM: Lessons learned from an unconventional session

April 30, 2011
Ed Feigenbaum
Hoosiers were on notice headed into the session that they would not see four months marked by a “business as usual” attitude.
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FEIGENBAUM: Conference committees may offer fewer fireworks

April 23, 2011
Ed Feigenbaum
Given the historical context, it would not be unexpected that there wouldn’t be much left to argue about as the 2011 legislative session approaches its scheduled April 29 conclusion.
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FEIGENBAUM: New legislative maps matter over the long term

April 16, 2011
Ed Feigenbaum
District lines largely will guide the partisan composition of the Indiana House of Representatives and the delegation we send to Congress for the next decade.
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FEIGENBAUM: Wrangling over budget takes center stage in Legislature

April 9, 2011
Ed Feigenbaum
Budget cuts became more painful in the past several years as the national recession drew the fiscal noose tighter on Indiana government income.
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FEIGENBAUM: Fallout from Democrats' walkout will affect fall elections

April 2, 2011
Ed Feigenbaum
Following five weeks in a chain hotel in Illinois, House Democrats marched back into the Statehouse—literally—on March 28, escorted by union leaders along Capitol Street and up the east steps in an event made for media. So who wins?
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FEIGENBAUM: Right-to-work issue still alive and kicking

March 26, 2011
Ed Feigenbaum
Legislative observers wonder whether this session’s unique nature may convince Senate leaders to be a bit more flexible in ruling on germaneness.
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FEIGENBAUM: Thoughts turn to truncated state budget process

March 19, 2011
Ed Feigenbaum
As the legislative standoff continued, those who were concerned about policy turned their attention to the budget process.
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FEIGENBAUM: Will Democrats hold out until some warm April day?

March 12, 2011
Ed Feigenbaum
Indiana House Democrats largely remain bunkered en masse in Urbana, Ill., save occasional individual appearances back at town hall events in their respective districts.
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FEIGENBAUM: Prepare for a history-making budget process

March 5, 2011
Ed Feigenbaum
Hoosier Democrats may find that their solon sojourn in Illinois invokes Newton’s law of political physics: Every action has an equal and opposite reaction.
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FEIGENBAUM: Freshmen legislators' green is showing

February 26, 2011
Ed Feigenbaum
The “new kids in the bloc” failed to heed their elders, and got a bit greedy too quickly, goading Democrats into the only recourse open to them.
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FEIGENBAUM: Gambling and guns create legislative fireworks

February 19, 2011
Ed Feigenbaum
At least one Indianapolis legislator has quietly investigated allowing casinos to collaborate on a temporary downtown facility, and Republican Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard has publicly not ruled it out.
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FEIGENBAUM: Governor focuses on the big issues, just as Reagan did

February 12, 2011
Ed Feigenbaum
That “think big” attitude seems to be carrying over to lawmakers, who this month focused on major issues.
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