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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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Guest column: Republicans prioritize money over people

By Scott Pelath House Minority Leader After nearly four years of one-party rule in Indiana, it seems only fair to examine how the Statehouse club management is doing. For the folks in my beloved home of LaPorte County, its impact is being felt with the anxiety over Camp Summit, a tough-love boot camp that has put […]

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Guest column: Porter says governor’s cuts hurt real people

By Greg Porter State representative The biennial state budget is the single most important bill that Indiana lawmakers must pass. It is literally the one thing we are required to do in order to keep the operations of state government functioning. Yet this is what the budget process in our state has become: Shortly after […]

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Guest column: Encouraging Hoosier innovation

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Guest column: Encouraging Hoosier innovation

By Dan Coats U.S. Senator Over the next decade, more than half of America’s economic growth is expected to come from the fields of science and technology. Today Indiana is home to multiple world-class universities and research institutes, as well as federal laboratories that introduce innovative technologies to the U.S. economy. Given the significance of […]

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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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