Statehouse Dispatch

Legislators, governor disagree about special sessionRestricted Content

May 11, 2009
Ed Feigenbaum
Assigning responsibility for what stuck us with a special session is a political post-session must, but playing the blame game usually isn't a productive exercise.
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Deal-making efforts unraveled in session's last daysRestricted Content

May 4, 2009
Ed Feigenbaum
You wouldn't have expected it going into the final week of the Indiana General Assembly, but we're headed for a special legislative session.
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Lawmakers think 'gloomy' in spite of rosy forecastRestricted Content

April 27, 2009
Ed Feigenbaum
Sometimes the news is just so good you can't believe it, and that is just what happened with the state revenue forecast this month.
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Competing interests to collide in final days of sessionRestricted Content

April 20, 2009
Ed Feigenbaum
The two principal matters that all agree must be resolved are the biennial budget and a plan to return the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund to solvency.
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Daniels strangely quiet as fiscal issues festerRestricted Content

April 13, 2009
Ed Feigenbaum
The Indiana General Assembly session will end with a focus on what has dominated discussion since Organization Day back in November: fiscal issues.
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CIB solution may be wrapped into state budgetRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
Ed Feigenbaum
The Legislature has been behaving as expected lately: little public sound and fury, but action beginning to stir behind the scenes.
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April 17 revenue forecast to drive final days of General Assembly sessionRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
Ed Feigenbaum
Most of the critical work of this state legislative session will occur after April 20, because only then will the General Assembly have a revenue projection for the next biennium.
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Horse trading key to solving unemployment deficitRestricted Content

March 23, 2009
Ed Feigenbaum
In the past, lawmakers ignored the need to fix financing for the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund, and now they must come up with solutions that will be difficult for both Democrats and Republicans to accept.
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Worsening economy exacerbating legislature's challengesRestricted Content

March 16, 2009
Ed Feigenbaum
Brace yourself, because things in this legislative session are destined to get messy: the politics, the process, the personalities, the context, and the issues and their substance, all at once.
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A few key Senators will mold most-crucial legislationRestricted Content

March 9, 2009
Ed Feigenbaum
The key legislative item at this point remains House Bill 1001, the budget bill.
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Legislators struggling with economic imperativesRestricted Content

March 2, 2009
Ed Feigenbaum
The Indiana state budget will continue to be a work in progress for many more weeks.
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Trickiest legislative issues remain far from resolutionRestricted Content

February 23, 2009
Ed Feigenbaum
Positive action, action for the sake of action, and inaction were all on tap in the General Assembly in recent days as lawmakers prepared to wrap up the first half of the session.
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Activity at Statehouse picks up, but how much is getting done?Restricted Content

February 16, 2009
Ed Feigenbaum
After a surprisingly slow month of January, the pace of legislative action picked up considerably during the first two weeks of February.
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Stimulus talk creates uncertainty at StatehouseRestricted Content

February 9, 2009
Ed Feigenbaum
Stimulus talk continues to dominate discussion at the Indiana Statehouse, creating indecision for lawmakers who were supposed to be devoting their full attention to assembling a two-year budget under difficult economic circumstances.
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Latest jobs numbers may change state's prioritiesRestricted Content

February 2, 2009
Ed Feigenbaum
Jobs themselves may become "Job One" for our elected officials.
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Federal stimulus plans throw wild card into legislative sessionRestricted Content

January 26, 2009
Ed Feigenbaum
The dynamics of the 2009 legislative session have changed a bit earlier than anticipated. Indiana lawmakers had been expecting to cope with the chore of drafting a budget that required significant cuts in virtually every aspect (assuming, as all parties agreed, that raising taxes or imposing new ones were not options). But then a new variable was interposed. Details began to leak from Washington about the likely federal stimulus program and what it would mean for Indiana.
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Governor focuses on economy, not aidRestricted Content

January 19, 2009
Ed Feigenbaum
In the law, when you don't have the law on your side, you argue the facts. Conversely, when the facts are against you, you argue the law. In essence, that is how Gov. Mitch Daniels is setting up this session with his State of the State address Jan. 13.
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Governor's proposed budget sets penny-pinching toneRestricted Content

January 12, 2009
Ed Feigenbaum
The $28 billion, two-year budget that Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels unveiled Jan. 6 transcends characterization even as a "bare bones" effort because programs outside of public safety and K-12 education are being trimmed, delayed or eliminated.
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Lawmakers face challenge holding spending in checkRestricted Content

January 5, 2009
Ed Feigenbaum
Indiana is not immune to international events, and the state faces a world of hurt of its own as lawmakers return to Indianapolis for the 2009 legislative session.
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