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Analysis: Modest revenue growth won’t mean big increases for education

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Analysis: Modest revenue growth won’t mean big increases for education

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The big talk among legislative leaders about boosting the dollars for education significantly may turn out to be largely that – big talk. That’s no commentary on the Republican leaders who are hoping to make 2015 an education session. They appear sincere in their efforts, although their more specific […]

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Commentary: Congress must fix broken immigration system

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Commentary: Congress must fix broken immigration system

By Greg Zoeller TheStatehouseFile.com Nearly everyone agrees the U.S. immigration system with its inefficiency, inconsistent enforcement and incoherent results is broken. While no one supports the current system, the failure of Congress to reach agreement on immigration reform has left us in law enforcement facing a growing multitude of problems. Frustration with this situation led […]

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Commentary: Is Indiana going to pot?

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Commentary: Is Indiana going to pot?

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org State Sen. Karen Tallian, D-Portage, and I don’t agree on a lot, but I think she is definitely right when it comes to legalizing marijuana for medical purposes. According to the Associated Press, she plans to introduce a bill this session that would allow for pot to be used for medical […]

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Commentary: Pence in Empty-Promise Land

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Commentary: Pence in Empty-Promise Land

By Dan Carpenter TheStatehouseFile.com Gov. Mike Pence’s unswerving allegiance to the Israeli government, a hallmark of his tenure in Congress, may be many things. But it is not pro-Jewish. As the sponsorship of his upcoming visit by a group called Christians United for Israel indicates, Pence speaks to a constituency of religious conservatives in the […]

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Commentary: What makes the death penalty awful

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – So, it seems that capital punishment is supposed to be an educational experience for the person being executed. Last month, a St. Joseph County judge ruled that convicted murderer and rapist Michael Dean Overstreet couldn’t be put to death because he has delusions and hallucinations that disconnect him from […]

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Commentary: New economy requires workers to keep learning

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The leader of the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce said it plainly. “If (the competition for jobs and labor) is just about who is the cheapest, we won’t ever win that fight. We have to make the competition about adding value,” said Michael Huber, the chamber’s chief executive officer and […]

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Commentary: Conservatives, liberals, drama and progress

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Commentary: Conservatives, liberals, drama and progress

By John Guy TheStatehouseFile.com Does Sony Pictures Corporation deliver only “liberal” ideas? Is that why its entire data base was stolen and published? Was it stolen by “conservatives?” Is Aaron Sorkin an out-of-control liberal who would have been blacklisted had he written in the 1950s? “Why are dramas always ‘liberal,?” asks a friend. “Not true,” […]

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Commentary: Challenges before colleges and universities

By Mitch Daniels TheStatehouseFile.com The once serene and secure world of higher education has been shaken in recent years by challenges few saw coming. Enrollments have dropped, layoffs have become common, and a few colleges have closed down entirely. There has been a stunning drop, from 75 percent to 44 percent, in Americans saying that “a college degree […]

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Commentary: Bill Hudnut and Indianapolis, a love story

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Commentary: Bill Hudnut and Indianapolis, a love story

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Bill Hudnut says he needs a haircut. The longest-serving mayor in the history of Indianapolis arches an impish eyebrow in the direction of my deforested scalp. “You see, John, I still need to visit a barber,” he says, eyes twinkling. The jest is vintage Hudnut – quick-witted, endearing and […]

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Analysis: Education funding depends on upcoming fiscal forecast

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Republicans are talking big about boosting state funding for public schools over the next two years, but it’s not clear yet whether the cash will be available to make that happen. Already, House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, has said that his caucus wants to provide a larger overall increase […]

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