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Ellspermann, other lt govs push back on EPA energy rule

By Allie Nash TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann has cosponsored a resolution adopted by the National Association of Lieutenant Governors aimed at protecting Indiana’s ability to use coal as a major source of power. Officials from Missouri, West Virginia, Alabama, South Dakota and Hawaii have also sponsored the resolution, which calls for federal […]

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2nd judge declares right-to-work law unconstitutional; state to seek stay

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A Lake County judge has struck down Indiana’s 2012 right-to-work law that made it illegal for companies to compel non-union members to pay fees for union services. But Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller said Wednesday that he will ask for a stay to prevent the decision from taking effect […]

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Unemployment rate ticks up for first time in 10 months

By Seth Morin TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The state’s unemployment rate increased slightly in June for the first time in the state in 10 months. Indiana’s unemployment rate had been on a steady decline that ended in May when the unemployment rate stayed the same. The rate in June rose from 5.7 percent to 5.9 percent. […]

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State officials confident transportation deal will prevent highway funding cuts

By Emily Metheny TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — State officials are so confident Congress will pass a deal to cover a shortfall in a federal highway fund that they have not solidified contingency plans that would be needed if the money runs out next month. Will Wingfield, a spokesman for the Indiana Department of Transportation, said the […]

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Pence wraps up UK trip with more business meetings

By Allie Nash TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence wrapped up his job-hunting mission Wednesday by meeting with a company he said is considering Indiana for its U.S. operations – but his office wouldn’t reveal the firm’s name or any details. “Out of respect for the company, we cannot share further details about the company […]

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Pence headed to UK this weekend for trade trip

By Jess Seabolt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence, first lady Karen Pence and state officials will travel to the United Kingdom on Saturday for an economic development mission to bring jobs and investment to Indiana. The trip will include attending the Farnborough International Airshow, one of the largest worldwide exhibitions dedicated to the aviation […]

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Panel recommends highway projects, indexed gas tax

By Seth Morin TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The state should index its gas tax to increase with inflation, build a new bypass around Indianapolis, and consider user fees to supplement highway funding, a transportation panel said in its recommendations Wednesday. The group – appointed by Gov. Mike Pence – detailed a funding crisis facing the state: […]

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Ellspermann: 60% of Indiana workforce will have post-secondary skills by 2025

By Paige Clark TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana lieutenant governor said Tuesday that by the year 2025 the Pence administration expects that 60 percent of Indiana’s workforce will have post-secondary skills. Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann kicked off the Workforce Development and Education Conference by presenting “A Strategic Plan to Transform Indiana’s Workforce.” She listed five […]

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Madison gets federal economic development funds

By Jess Seabolt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced Monday that the Economic Development Administration will award a $1.6 million grant to the city of Madison, Indiana, to upgrade critical railroad infrastructure to support increased commerce. “The Obama administration is committed to improving our nation’s infrastructure, which is crucial for both […]

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New rules allow Hoosiers to take part in crowd funding for startups

By Emily Metheny TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The Secretary of State’s office released new rules for crowdfunding in Indiana on Tuesday to coordinate with a new law that allows it for business startups. “Previously, entrepreneurs could only solicit funding from wealthy investors, limiting their ability to grow their business and preventing smaller investors from taking advantage […]

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