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Cost of not addressing poverty could surpass current cost

Millions of dollars in federal and township poor relief flood Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties every month, outpacing statewide rates, a Times computer-assisted analysis of state, federal and local data shows.

June 08, 2014 12:00 am Related
YOUNG VOICES: Continue war on poverty, don't target poor

YOUNG VOICES: Continue war on poverty, don't target poor

While the welfare drug testing bill recently died in the Indiana Senate, animosity against those in poverty is still very much alive.

March 24, 2014 12:00 am

EDITORIAL: Our views on some legislative actions

The Indiana General Assembly processed many bits of legislation — some good, some bad, most in between. We'll deal with some of it in length, but here are short reactions to a few of those bills:

March 19, 2014 12:00 am

How did the Indiana legislative session affect you?

INDIANAPOLIS | For better or worse, there's likely something affecting every Hoosier in at least one of the 224 legislative proposals the Republican-controlled Indiana General Assembly has sent Republican Gov. Mike Pence for his signature or veto.

March 15, 2014 7:30 pm

Lots left to do with little time remaining in legislative session

INDIANAPOLIS | The Republican-controlled Indiana General Assembly is likely to wrap up its work this week a day or two ahead of Friday's mandatory adjournment deadline.

March 09, 2014 1:00 am
RICH JAMES: Whatever happened to GOP's compassion?

RICH JAMES: Whatever happened to GOP's compassion?

What is it with Indiana Republicans and their belief that this state can act independently of the federal government?

March 09, 2014 12:00 am

Senate limits rental inspections, Lake tourism oversight

INDIANAPOLIS | The Republican-controlled Indiana Senate acted on 70 legislative proposals Tuesday, the final day for senators to approve or reject plans that previously were passed by the Republican-controlled House.

March 04, 2014 2:28 pm

Senate panel limits welfare drug test plan

INDIANAPOLIS | A legislative proposal requiring drug tests for some Indiana welfare recipients was dramatically scaled back Wednesday by a Senate committee due to concerns about cost and effectiveness.

February 19, 2014 6:15 pm

Costly drug testing requirement for welfare recipients clears House

INDIANAPOLIS | With little debate, the Republican-controlled Indiana House voted 71-22 on Tuesday to subject the state's 27,000 recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families benefits — mostly single mothers with children — to mandatory drug testing as a condition of receiving cash as…

January 28, 2014 7:02 pm Related

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House GOP wants drug tests for welfare recipients, despite cost

INDIANAPOLIS | Indiana is poised to take another spin on the welfare drug testing merry-go-round, even though the program's cost will significantly exceed the savings gained from positive tests and a federal judge last month ruled a similar Florida law unconstitutional.

January 10, 2014 6:15 pm
GUEST COMMENTARY: Indiana can weather federal shutdown

GUEST COMMENTARY: Indiana can weather federal shutdown

As the federal government shutdown enters its second week, Hoosiers should know Indiana will be able to mitigate the impact and continue to meet our obligations to those who support our National Guard and to our most vulnerable citizens.

October 09, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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General Assembly wraps session distinguished by cooperative tone

General Assembly wraps session distinguished by cooperative tone

INDIANAPOLIS | Hands were shaken, hugs were shared and state lawmakers, who spent the past four months passionately opposing each other in great and small policy debates, were all smiles Saturday morning after House Speaker Brian Bosma gaveled out the 2013 Indiana General Assembly.

April 27, 2013 4:30 pm Related
RICH JAMES: What welfare recipient can afford drug treatment?

RICH JAMES: What welfare recipient can afford drug treatment?

Talk about a loaded question. State Rep. Hal Slager's question is this: Do you believe Indiana, like other states, should implement random drug testing as a requirement to receiving state-funded welfare benefits?

March 06, 2013 12:00 am

EDITORIAL: Drug testing for welfare doesn't add up

Testing welfare recipients for drug use is a popular cause, but the dollars and cents don't add up.

March 03, 2013 12:00 am

GUEST COMMENTARY: Serious questions on hybrid welfare system

Gov. Mitch Daniels' recent column was an opportunity to educate Hoosiers regarding the following services in Indiana: the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamps; Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, and Medicaid for basic health care. These so-called welfare programs s…

September 11, 2012 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Welfare privatization critics need to modernize talking points

GUEST COMMENTARY: Welfare privatization critics need to modernize talking points

For years, our administration has sat silently through frequent criticism of our initial attempt to repair and reform Indiana's welfare system. Much of the criticism was sincere and accurate, much was simply crude politics. But even when it crossed the line into inaccuracy, we endured it wit…

August 28, 2012 5:59 pm
PHIL WIELAND: Test state lawmakers by the cup

PHIL WIELAND: Test state lawmakers by the cup

It's too bad the Indiana Senate apparently killed the bill testing those receiving government handouts. All it really needed was a little tweaking.

February 24, 2012 12:00 am

New law prohibits withdrawing welfare money at strip club ATM

INDIANAPOLIS | Hoosiers receiving cash welfare benefits will no longer be allowed to withdraw their money from an ATM inside a strip club starting July 1.

February 23, 2012 8:38 am

Plan to drug-test welfare recipients, lawmakers dies in Senate

INDIANAPOLIS | A pricey plan to drug-test some welfare recipients and state legislators failed to advance out of an Indiana Senate committee Wednesday.

February 15, 2012 11:32 am Related

Ind. House votes to deny welfare payments at strip clubs

INDIANAPOLIS | Recipients of cash assistance welfare benefits may no longer be able to withdraw money from ATMs inside strip clubs.

February 14, 2012 5:45 pm
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