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Common Construction repeal passes Senate

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A controversial bill that will eliminate the 80-year-old common construction wage in Indiana passed the Senate by a narrow margin Wednesday. HB 1019 eliminates a system that let local governments and schools set wage floors that contractors must meet on public projects. Often those wages are set at union […]

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Union workers fill Statehouse lawn to protest proposed common construction repeal

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – More than a thousand Hoosier workers and contractors showed up to the Statehouse lawn on Monday waving signs urging lawmakers to not to repeal the state’s common construction wage law. House Bill 1019 would eliminate a system that lets local boards set wages for contractors who work on projects […]

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Senate committee passes common construction repeal

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A Senate committee revamped and then passed a common construction wage bill Tuesday that critics say will drive down worker pay and supporters argue will create more competition within the industry. If House Bill 1019, authored by Rep. Gerald Torr, R-Carmel, becomes law, it would eliminate a system that […]

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Unemployment rate falls to 5.9 percent in February

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The state’s unemployment rate ticked down to 5.9 percent in February, the result in part of a growth in private sector jobs. Indiana’s jobless rate is now 2.4 percentage points lower than it was two years ago. During that time, the state’s labor force has grown by 82,000 people. […]

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Pence campaign spends $s in common construction fight; governor considers radio or TV ads

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence is weighing whether to buy radio or television ads in a fight that labor leaders say is another GOP effort to weaken unions. Already, Pence is using campaign money to pay for a website that supports eliminating the common construction wage, which lets local governments and […]

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State could require training for unemployed workers under bill

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Unemployed Hoosiers could be pushed into job training and educational programs meant to help them get back into the workforce under a bill that passed the Senate Appropriations Committeeunanimously on Thursday. Currently unemployed Hoosiers must meet with the Office of Workforce Development after four weeks of collecting unemployment. Under HB […]

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Bills to train inmates for jobs after incarceration moves forward

By Aubrey Helms                                                                                                         […]

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Indiana jobs report puts state in good standing nationally despite unemployment rate

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – In the past few years the state has made some significant growth in employment, but the numbers don’t tell the whole story. The Indiana Department of Workforce Development released the January 2015 Indiana Employment Report on Tuesday. It revealed Indiana is among the high-ranking states in many sections. The […]

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Lawmakers mull earlier unemployment loan payoff, could save firms $300+ million

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The state is on track to pay back $2.2 billion in federal unemployment loans in May 2016 – roughly four years earlier than originally projected. And a key lawmaker says that payoff could happen yet this year – a move that would save Hoosier businesses some $327 million in […]

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Bill allows hiring preferences for veterans

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would give private employers the ability to give preference to veterans in the hiring process passed a House committee unanimously on Tuesday. SB 298 is identical to a House bill that has already passed and moved to the Senate. Both bills aim to lower the unemployment […]

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