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Letter to the editor: State news agency stuns Democratic chairman

Jan. 27, 2015 To the editor: Stunned. That’s how I felt when I heard about Governor Mike Pence’s bold overreach to toss the media aside and have state government run the news. His new taxpayer-funded news agency, which is headed by a former journalist, will write pre-written news stories and “break” news that will favor […]

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Guest column: Indiana Sunday liquor sales, a Burke-Hayek battleground

By Tom Charles Huston Indiana Policy Review Indiana is, I believe, one of only two states that prohibit the sale of alcoholic beverages on Sunday. This prohibition offends a number of people: poor planners who have trouble remembering to buy beer on Saturday for their Sunday football parties; national retailers who seek to increase their […]

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Guest column: An open letter to Roger Goodell

By Jim Purucker Special to TheStatehouseFile.com Dear Commissioner Goodell: I write as a lifelong fan of the National Football League, a 25+ year fantasy football player, a season ticket holder, a routine purchaser of NFL licensed products and even a fan who has made travel to away NFL games a cherished annual father/son tradition over […]

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Guest column: BMV needs outside audits to restore public trust

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Guest column: BMV needs outside audits to restore public trust

By Rep. Dan Forestal Special to TheStatehouseFile.com In the ongoing efforts of the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles to convince the public that it is worthy of our confidence, the agency’s worst enemy is itself. Consider the following: In August 2013, BMV officials admitted the agency has been overcharging many drivers for their operators’ licenses […]

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Letter to the editor: Krull’s attack of Sen. Delph unfair

To the editor: It is always entertaining when liberal elites attack Christian Statesman.  John Krull, the former head of the Indiana Civil Liberties Union, has developed a fetish for my state Sen. Mike Delph.  Truth be told Krull is mad that he was disinvited to moderate a 2014 Jewish Community Relations Council candidates’ forum in Indianapolis […]

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Guest post: Fighting for our unrealized potential

Guest post: Fighting for our unrealized potential

By Scott Pelath House Minority Leader As we begin the 2015 session of the Indiana General Assembly, rest assured that House Democrats will battle to fulfill the unrealized potential of our great state.  And if it means speaking truth to the powers in Indianapolis, we will relish the task even more. Our challenges begin with […]

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General Assembly should continue nourishing Hoosier manufacturing

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General Assembly should continue nourishing Hoosier manufacturing

Letter to the Editor from Patrick J. Kiely, President, Indiana Manufacturers Association INDIANAPOLIS – In developing the state’s revenue forecast, the Indiana General Assembly and State Budget Agency used economic projections provided this year by IHS Economics. Steady growth is projected in both Indiana and the national economy, which has allowed the state to be […]

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Guest column: Delaney says state must invest in roads, transportation

By Ed Delaney State representative Indiana as the Crossroads of America is built around our geographical location and the ways to move about within and across our space. This is where we invest our dollars, but Indiana’s policy on building roads, transit systems, sidewalks and bike-ways can be summarized in a sentence: Hoard our revenue […]

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Guest column: Pence says pre-K must come without ‘federal intrusion’

By Mike Pence Indiana governor Earlier this year our state made history by approving the first state-funded, pre-kindergarten grant program for low-income families in Indiana. The General Assembly enacted bipartisan legislation to launch a five-county pilot the Indiana way, with $10 million in state funds combined with matching funds from each county. Along with local […]

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Guest column: Balanced, calculated approach to federal tax and regulatory reform needed

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Guest column: Balanced, calculated approach to federal tax and regulatory reform needed

By Don Villwock Indiana Farm Bureau During the current 113th Congress, several lawmakers have proposed reforms that broaden the tax base and lower tax rates by removing a combination of incentives or provisions currently used by individuals, businesses and organizations. On many occasions, legislators have indicated that no incentive or provision is safe. On the surface, […]

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