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Karen Tallian

Big changes to public pensions may be on horizon

INDIANAPOLIS | Region residents considering a career in state or local government, including public education, may want to begin working in the next few years or risk losing a guaranteed pension benefit at retirement.

September 16, 2014 6:30 pm
GUEST COMMENTARY: Governor’s blockade hurts working Hoosiers

GUEST COMMENTARY: Governor’s blockade hurts working Hoosiers

Preposterous, I say. That the Indiana attorney general is making this argument against the interests of more than 155,000 middle class Hoosiers is indeed part of the theater of the absurd. It might be funny if it were not tragic. Here is the scenario.

September 07, 2014 12:00 am

Crossing the Line -- medical marijuana

Crossing the line separating Indiana and Illinois sometimes means dealing with different laws and customs. Readers are asked to share ideas for this weekly feature. This week: Medical marijuana.

September 06, 2014 8:24 pm

Indiana turnout not affected by voter ID requirement

INDIANAPOLIS | Indiana's nearly decade-long experiment requiring voters produce photo identification to obtain a ballot likely isn't to blame for the state's lackluster voter turnout.

August 31, 2014 9:30 pm

Indiana health insurance marketplace set to offer many more plans

INDIANAPOLIS | Hoosiers purchasing health insurance on Indiana's federally run marketplace next year will select from at least 975 plans offered by nine companies, up from four companies and 278 plans this year.

August 28, 2014 5:45 pm

Annuity changes could have been worse

INDIANAPOLIS | The annuity options for retiring public employees, including teachers, may have been much worse if it wasn't for the intervention of a small group of Hoosier lawmakers, including state Sen. Karen Tallian, D-Ogden Dunes.

August 03, 2014 12:00 am

Pence: No need for state health exchange, despite court ruling

INDIANAPOLIS | Gov. Mike Pence has no qualms about his decision to not create a state health exchange under the Affordable Care Act, even after a federal appeals court ruled this week that residents in states lacking an exchange are not entitled to federal subsidies for health insurance purchases.

July 25, 2014 4:58 pm
Lawmakers often use study committees to develop legislation

Lawmakers often use study committees to develop legislation

INDIANAPOLIS | In addition to the gaming study, Hoosier lawmakers this summer and fall will take a closer look at issues ranging from juvenile justice to digital privacy, and state-based health exchanges to bike trails.

July 20, 2014 12:00 am Related
Most lawmakers in tune with Chamber of Commerce agenda

Most lawmakers in tune with Chamber of Commerce agenda

INDIANAPOLIS | If you picture the 150 members of the General Assembly as a choir, this year they sang their loudest hosannas for the business-first agenda of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce.

July 04, 2014 8:00 pm Related

Pence tax conference focuses on simplification

INDIANAPOLIS | Gov. Mike Pence enthusiastically embraced the mantra of tax simplification that participants attending his tax conference Tuesday claimed is urgently needed in Indiana.

June 24, 2014 12:51 pm
Region senator skeptical of Pence tax conference

Region senator skeptical of Pence tax conference

INDIANAPOLIS | The top region Democrat on the State Budget Committee isn't expecting much good to come Tuesday from Republican Gov. Mike Pence's Tax Competitiveness and Simplification Conference.

June 23, 2014 5:30 pm

Separate Lake E-911 center not lawmakers' intent

INDIANAPOLIS | The plan by Schererville, St. John and Cedar Lake to opt out of Lake County's E-911 network by establishing their own emergency dispatch center is not what state lawmakers had in mind when they authorized two Public Safety Answering Points, or PSAP, per county.

June 15, 2014 12:00 am

Laborers to dedicate new meeting, training building

VALPARAISO | The Laborers International Union of North America Local 81 will celebrate the move to its new headquarters in Eastport Centre May 17 with a keynote address from LIUNA General President Terry O'Sullivan.

May 08, 2014 12:00 am

EDITORIAL: Hemp could be serious cash crop for Hoosier state

Forget what you think you know about the utility of the marijuana plant. If we can all stop snickering for a moment and clear our heads of the visions of smoke-clouded VW vans or dorm rooms, the industrial hemp from marijuana plants is looking more and more like a viable cash crop for the Ho…

April 14, 2014 12:00 am
EDITORIAL: Renew push for redistricting reform

EDITORIAL: Renew push for redistricting reform

Indiana has been talking earnestly about redistricting reform even since U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita, R-Ind., a Munster native, was Indiana's secretary of state. It's time to act.

April 13, 2014 12:00 am Related

Redistricting reforms failed to win Legislature's approval

INDIANAPOLIS | A plan to reform how Indiana draws its legislative districts, which could determine who gets elected and the policies they pursue, was perhaps the top item the General Assembly failed to act on last month prior to adjourning for the year.

April 06, 2014 12:00 am

Indiana seeks federal permission to grow hemp

INDIANAPOLIS | The state seed commissioner is wasting no time in trying to win federal approval for Hoosier farmers to grow hemp for industrial purposes.

April 03, 2014 6:30 pm Video Related

South Shore funding took unplanned route through Legislature

INDIANAPOLIS | When the Indiana General Assembly convened 10 weeks ago, no one expected region lawmakers would return with $4 million to help the local match to obtain federal funds for the South Shore Line extension to Dyer.

March 15, 2014 7:00 pm

Legislature wraps session with busy final day

INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana General Assembly adjourned for the year late Thursday night, ending a 10-week session dominated initially by the marriage amendment, but concluding with proposals to significantly improve the state's roads, preschool education, criminal code and other matters.

March 13, 2014 9:00 pm

Lawmakers send business tax cut package to Pence

INDIANAPOLIS | The Republican-controlled General Assembly approved a package of business tax cuts, during its final meeting of the year Thursday, that supporters believe will create jobs by making Indiana stand out as a low-tax haven for companies.

March 13, 2014 7:00 pm
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