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State Lawmakers roll out session plans at Indiana Chamber luncheon

By Brandon Barger TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Indiana legislative leaders agree on at least one thing as they head into the 2020 legislative session: passage of a bill to prevent the state’s teachers and school districts from being punished for poor results on Indiana’s new standardized test. That’s just one of the demands, though, that an estimated 14,000 […]

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Governor names first CEO of state’s new tourism department

By Brynna Sentel TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Gov. Eric Holcomb appointed the first head of the newly established Indiana Destination Development Corporation (IDDC) that will replace the Department of Tourism Development. Elaine Bedel will serve as secretary and CEO of the new corporation alongside Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch, who was also appointed by Holcomb to a seven-member board […]

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Indiana businesses adapt to lack of skilled job applicants, survey shows

By Brandon Barger TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Businesses across the state are hiring under-qualified people or reassigning work duties to make up for the lack of applicants for their open jobs, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce has reported. Those are the strategies businesses are using to adapt to the ongoing shortage of qualified applicants, the chamber reported as […]

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Governor opens applications to fellowship program

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Gov. Eric Holcomb announced on Monday that applications for the Governor’s Fellowship are now being accepted through next February. The Governor’s Fellowship is a selective program which provides college students interested in politics experience in the state’s government by placing fellows in different state agencies on a rotating basis throughout the year. […]

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Census Bureau launches nationwide recruitment campaign

By Brynna Sentel TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—The United States Census Bureau has begun gearing up for the 2020 Census by launching a nationwide recruitment campaign to fill about 500,000 temporary jobs. The bureau has hosted nearly 3,500 hiring events across the country in order to provide information about census jobs and to answer any questions applicants may […]

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Tax vaping and tobacco products to curb youth smoking, committee told

By Brynna Sentel TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS—Health officials and business owners told a legislative committee the only way to curb Indiana’s increase in smokeless tobacco usage is to tax and regulate vaping products like Juul. With a smoking rate that’s 50 percent higher than the U.S. average and 327 percent increase in the number of youth using […]

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Mobile sports wagering begins in Indiana

By Brandon Barger TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Sports betting in Indiana officially expanded Thursday to mobile devices, allowing gamblers to wager on their favorite teams on their cells phones. The Indiana Gaming Commission put rules in place that allow casinos running sports bookmaking operations to accept wagers via mobile devices. The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for […]

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Taiwan commits to buying soybeans and corn from Indiana farmers

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Two Taiwanese business associations have agreed to buy millions of metric tons of Indiana corn and soybeans over the next two years in deals worth more than $2 billion. The Taiwan Feed Industry Association and the Taiwan Vegetable Oil Manufacturers Association signed an agreement Monday with directors of the Indiana Soybean Alliance […]

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Governor undeterred by trade war as he prepares to travel to China

By Brandon Barger TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Eric Holcomb is headed to China Sunday for a two-week-long Asian trade mission, convinced he can successfully boost business relationships despite the Trump administration’s ongoing trade war with that nation. “It’s the perfect time to be making the trip,” Holcomb said Thursday. This trip, which also includes stops […]

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Report: Payday loans cost Hoosiers millions

By Brynna Sentel TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS— Payday lenders have drained an estimated $322 million in finance charges from Hoosiers over the last five years, according to a new report from groups advocating for the state to rein in those businesses. The report, released Tuesday by the Indiana Institute for Working Families and the Indiana Assets & […]

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