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Guest column: Inequality in Indy – A rising problem with ready solutions

By Derek Thomas Indiana Institute for Working Families This week, the Indy Star reported on the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ ‘Income and Wage Gaps Across the U.S.’ report.  The story presented the group’s finding that “wage inequality grew twice as rapidly in the Indianapolis metro area as in the rest of the nation since the recession”, largely due to the […]

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Glenda Ritz: The truth about CECI

By Glenda Ritz State Superintendent of Public Instruction As superintendent, my sole focus has been on creating an education system of equity and high quality. The 2013 General Assembly trusted me and the State Board of Education to embark upon improvements to our standards, assessments, and accountability system. This has resulted in the adoption of […]

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Pryor: Proposed rate hike for car-sharing is ‘corporate welfare’

By Cherrish Pryor Indiana House of Representatives When the name BlueIndy first came on our radar screens, it sure sounded good. Electric cars. Ride sharing. A cleaner environment. Reduced dependence on foreign oil. Improved transit. What’s not to like? Quite a bit, as a matter of fact. The speed and stealth with which the city […]

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Guest column: Getting the most health care to the most people

By Charlie Brown State representative As someone who was in on the birth of the Healthy Indiana Plan from the very beginning, I suppose I should feel paternal warmth at the praise that has been heaped on the program by Gov. Mike Pence in recent weeks.One of the core beliefs in my career as a […]

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Letter: Ed board member says Ritz offers ‘anti-everything rhetoric’

July 15, 2014 To the Editor: It has been my pleasure for the past year to serve as the newest member of the Indiana State Board of Education. I bring a fresh perspective to the board as an attorney and business executive who served as director of economic development under former Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson […]

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Guest column: Government should get out of the business of marriage

By Mike Delph State senator With the flurry of federal litigation regarding Indiana’s marriage statute, a law that has been on the books since 1986, it appears that our Hoosier society is on the verge of walking through a door never negotiated. Homosexuality is probably the most discussed sin in a sea of hundreds. This […]

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Guest Commentary: Justice system needs both sides represented in court

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Guest Commentary: Justice system needs both sides represented in court

By Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller Several same-sex couples recently filed lawsuits seeking to strike down Indiana’s traditional marriage definition law. As Indiana attorney general, I have been asked why my office is defending the statute in court when some AGs in other states are not defending their states’ traditional marriage laws from similar lawsuits. […]

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Guest column: Time to do something about sexual assault on young Hoosiers

By Christina Hale State representative Children have the right to be safe. Yet in Indiana, girls are more likely to be sexually assaulted than almost anywhere else in the country. In 2008, a national study conducted by the US Centers for Disease Control discovered that the national rate of high school aged girls that had […]

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Letter: Board member wants Ritz to lead

Dec. 10, 2013 Letter to the Editor: State Board of Education members, including Superintendent Glenda Ritz, participated last week in a strategic planning meeting and an orientation session led by national consultants. Optimism over board progress made with the help of these consultants diminished quickly when Superintendent Ritz walked directly out of the board’s public […]

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Guest column: Use state funds to help hungry Hoosiers

By Rep. Greg Porter Special to TheStatehouseFile.com In November, millions of families in Indiana and across the nation saw their Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits cut through a planned phase-out of a temporary increase in funding that originally took place during the 2009 recession. Unfortunately, this cut in what used to be known as […]

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