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Commentary: The day the Senate voted for loan sharks

By Mary Beth Schneider TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—It was one of the more unusual days in the Indiana Senate, as lawmakers took up two bills that stood in stark contrast to each other. One, Senate Bill 104, sought to rein in the predatory practices of payday-loan merchants who charge exorbitant fees and rates from the people who […]

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Senate bill would restrict who can perform farm inspections

By Emily Ketterer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—An Indiana lawmaker wants to stop other states from telling Hoosier farmers how to run their businesses. Senate Bill 489, authored by Wadesville Republican Sen. Jim Tomes, would give the state Board of Animal Health exclusive authority over inspecting facilities that produce eggs, dairy products and raise livestock or poultry. That […]

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More than 300 small businesses open across Indiana

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS —A record-breaking number of small businesses opened in Indiana in 2018, according to a Friday announcement by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC). With help from the Indiana Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the Indiana Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), 318 small businesses opened across the state in 2018. Of […]

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Indianapolis will host air services convention in 2020

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Gov. Eric Holcomb and Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett Thursday announced that Indianapolis would host the Routes Americas air service development conference in 2020. The conference, which is in Quebec this year, brings together airlines, airports and tourism authorities and is dedicated to developing air service in the Americas. The conference is expected […]

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Jobless numbers up slightly, still below national rate

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANA—Indiana’s unemployment rate in November ticked up slightly to 3.6 percent from the October rate of 3.5 percent, according to data released by the Department of Workforce Development Friday. The low in Indiana’s unemployment rate was 3.2 percent in February. The rate remains below the national unemployment rate of 3.7 percent—as it […]

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Manufacturer’s group launches training program to meet industry needs

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—The Indiana Manufacturers Association has launched an employer-driven education initiative to ensure a pipeline of skilled workers for Indiana’s manufacturing industry. The initiative builds on the state’s efforts to help students pursue career and technical education and to help employers establish a pipeline of talent. The Indiana Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (INFAME) […]

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Governor unveils 2019 legislative agenda

By Dionte Coleman TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Gov. Eric Holcomb’s 2019 legislative agenda hits all the big topics he’s been pushing the past two years—workforce development, education, infrastructure and the opioid crisis. He’s even added a few new items to the agenda he announced Thursday at Traders Point Creamery in Zionsville, including increasing teacher pay, though not right […]

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Last Mile training program extended in Indiana

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Indiana inmates will get a boost in developing skills to help them find jobs and build a new life thanks to a grant from Google.org. Gov. Eric Holcomb, who announced the grant Tuesday, said he was “beyond thrilled to be growing this life-changing program,” called “The Last Mile” and which focuses on […]

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Secretary of State’s office reaches settlement with securities firm

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Indiana has reached a settlement that includes a $450,000 civil penalty with a financial securities firm over various deficiencies with its supervision of its operations within the state. Secretary of State Connie Lawson made the announcement Monday of the settlement of LPL Financial following an investigation by her office’s securities division. LPL […]

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Chamber of Commerce creates institute to help employers find talent

By Dionte Coleman TheStatehousefile.com INDIANAPOLIS—More than half of Indiana employers responding to a Chamber of Commerce survey say that they have left jobs unfilled because they can’t find qualified workers. Even though 56 percent say they expect to expand the size of their workforce in the next six months, 62 percent say the supply of […]

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