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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

Indiana dips toe in national debate over religious liberty, discrimination

INDIANAPOLIS | Indiana lawmakers last week nearly jumped on a bandwagon of states seeking to add measures that some contend legitimize discrimination under the guise of religious liberty.

March 03, 2014 12:00 am
State senator favors religion-based hiring

State senator favors religion-based hiring

INDIANAPOLIS | Should a business that claims a religious affiliation be allowed to hire only those people who share the same beliefs?

February 26, 2014 6:00 pm

EDITORIAL: Gambling on host communities' future

Indiana lawmakers are up to their elbows in surgery on casino taxes. They must remember as they do so that the reason for allowing casinos in Indiana in the first place was to benefit the host communities.

February 21, 2013 12:00 am

Rogers rolls the dice for Gary land-based casino

INDIANAPOLIS | State Sen. Earline Rogers, D-Gary, is betting she can make Gary economic development legislation more palatable by rolling her proposal for a land-based casino into another gaming measure moving through the Senate.

February 08, 2013 2:15 pm
Ind. senator wants Legislature empowered to nullify federal law

Ind. senator wants Legislature empowered to nullify federal law

INDIANAPOLIS | When the U.S. Supreme Court in 1958 explicitly struck down nullification, the theory that states can declare federal laws unconstitutional and ignore them, the court warned state legislators that endorsing nullification violates their oath to support and defend the U.S. Constitution.

January 08, 2013 4:20 pm Related

Amendments could spark fight over smoking ban in Senate

INDIANAPOLIS | A House-approved proposal for a statewide smoking ban looks to be in for a wild ride Tuesday when the Republican-controlled Senate considers up to 28 amendments to the legislation.

February 27, 2012 7:30 pm

Legislators change liquor law fight strategy

INDIANAPOLIS | Two state lawmakers hope 2012 is the year Hoosiers finally will be allowed to purchase alcohol from retailers on Sundays and buy cold beer at places other than package liquor stores.

December 14, 2011 1:12 pm
ANDREA NEAL: No place for cowards in right-to-work debate

ANDREA NEAL: No place for cowards in right-to-work debate

The Indiana General Assembly's 2012 session will be fraught with risk for Democrats and Republicans alike. At some point, lawmakers will have to vote on right-to-work legislation, and those votes will carry political consequences.

November 16, 2011 12:00 am

ANDREA NEAL: Right-to-work states have economic edge

It doesn't take an economist to spot the common thread in these recent economic development headlines:

August 03, 2011 12:00 am

ANDREA NEAL: Redevelopment commissions can make debt soar

Carmel's Center for the Performing Arts opened its doors last weekend with a glamorous debut. Featuring Indiana limestone and Italian stone beneath a Palladio dome, the center will last 500 years or longer, its website says "creating a legacy that will be passed along to our children and gra…

February 03, 2011 12:00 am
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