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State ends budget year with surplus, despite revenue drop

State ends budget year with surplus, despite revenue drop

INDIANAPOLIS | Indiana took in more money than it spent during the 2014 budget year, even as Republican Gov. Mike Pence's tax cuts dropped total state revenue below the prior year for the first time since the Great Recession.

July 14, 2014 5:30 pm Related
BRIAN HOWEY: Long’s Article V convention and redistricting

BRIAN HOWEY: Long’s Article V convention and redistricting

If you needed a poster to display the dysfunction in Congress, look no further than the “We Shall Overcome” photo op that took place with Congressional leaders on Tuesday. John Boehner and Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell linked hands and arms and swayed uncomfortably as they obs…

June 29, 2014 12:00 am
RICH JAMES: Pence's agency shifts sound shifty

RICH JAMES: Pence's agency shifts sound shifty

It has been three weeks since the story that Gov. Mike Pence was aligning agencies in a way that could lead to requiring out-of-work Hoosiers volunteer as a condition of receiving unemployment benefits.

May 11, 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
GOP, Democrats view results of legislative session differently

GOP, Democrats view results of legislative session differently

INDIANAPOLIS | Republican House and Senate leaders, along with Gov. Mike Pence, claimed victory for their legislative agendas Friday, while Democrats despaired that the 2014 Indiana General Assembly didn't do more to improve the lives of everyday Hoosiers.

March 14, 2014 3:30 pm Related
RICH JAMES: GOP smart to rein in Pence's tax plan

RICH JAMES: GOP smart to rein in Pence's tax plan

Just four days into the 2014 legislative session and we already have three business personal property tax-cut proposals on the table.

January 12, 2014 12:00 am

Democrats blast GOP 'explanation' of marriage amendment

INDIANAPOLIS | Apparently forgetting Ronald Reagan's political axiom, "If you're explaining, you're losing," the Republican leaders of the Indiana House and Senate are hoping two and a half pages of explanation can make their two-sentence marriage amendment more palatable.

January 10, 2014 7:00 pm Related

Indiana Senate eyes different business tax cut

INDIANAPOLIS | Hoosier businesses would see their state income tax rate fall 1 percent to 6.5 percent this year and drop to 4.9 percent by 2019, under a tax cutting plan unveiled Thursday by the budget leaders of the Republican-controlled Senate.

January 09, 2014 7:30 pm Related
Long: Sen. Landske 'fighting hard' to return to Statehouse

Long: Sen. Landske 'fighting hard' to return to Statehouse

INDIANAPOLIS | State Sen. Sue Landske, R-Cedar Lake, likely will miss at least the first few weeks of the 2014 legislative session as she continues to undergo treatment for lung cancer.

January 08, 2014 6:00 pm
Cost is obstacle to prekindergarten idea

Cost is obstacle to prekindergarten idea

INDIANAPOLIS | After dithering more than two decades before agreeing last year to fund full-day kindergarten in Indiana's schools, Hoosier lawmakers appear ready to act faster in establishing state-supported prekindergarten programs for 4-year-olds.

December 29, 2013 12:00 am Related
Legislative preview: Lots to do, little time

Legislative preview: Lots to do, little time

The Indianapolis 500 always will be the fastest race in the state, but in even-numbered years the legislative sprint by the Indiana General Assembly runs a close second.

November 25, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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New state agency mired in controversy

New state agency mired in controversy

INDIANAPOLIS | The Center for Education and Career Innovation, a new state agency, was established by Republican Gov. Mike Pence to integrate education and workforce training in Indiana by uniting various school and employment boards and agencies under a single umbrella.

November 24, 2013 11:30 pm Photos

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Judge dismisses Ritz lawsuit against State Board of Education

Judge dismisses Ritz lawsuit against State Board of Education

INDIANAPOLIS | A Marion County judge ruled Friday that Glenda Ritz, the Democratic state superintendent of public instruction, cannot use her Department of Education attorneys to sue the Republican-appointed State Board of Education.

November 08, 2013 4:30 pm Related

EDITORIAL: Require kindergarten, test pre-K programs

Democrats in the Indiana Senate are making a big push for state funding for early childhood education. They're headed in the right direction.

September 22, 2013 12:00 am

Senate Democrats seeking to expand early education options

INDIANAPOLIS | Senate Democrats will push next year to make kindergarten mandatory across Indiana while also having prekindergarten classes available in every school corporation.

September 12, 2013 3:15 pm
RICH JAMES: Big Brother pulling strings behind education

RICH JAMES: Big Brother pulling strings behind education

Ah, back to school. And Big Brother is watching on the local and state levels.

August 28, 2013 12:00 am

Pence creates state jobs agency to oversee state jobs agencies

INDIANAPOLIS | With his tax cuts, works councils and career council all failing to reduce Indiana's 8.4 percent unemployment rate, Gov. Mike Pence decided Friday to take direct action to put at least a few Hoosiers to work.

August 23, 2013 1:17 pm Related
Beyond Bennett, Democrats demand investigation of more state scandals

Beyond Bennett, Democrats demand investigation of more state scandals

INDIANAPOLIS | Top Democrats in the Indiana General Assembly are using the Tony Bennett school grade-changing scandal to demand a broader investigation of the state's Republican-controlled executive branch.

August 08, 2013 6:00 pm Related
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

Lawmakers set to approve state budget, adjourn for year

INDIANAPOLIS | The Republican-controlled General Assembly early this morning was on the verge of approving a two-year state budget plan that reduces taxes on Hoosiers by $1.1 billion.

April 26, 2013 11:00 pm Related

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