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Work share program debated by study committee

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Business leaders split Wednesday on their support of a proposed work share program that would let companies reduce work hours for employees, who could then collect partial unemployment benefits. The program – which is authorized by the federal government and has been implemented in 29 states – is designed […]

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Pence: State remains right-to-work state, despite court ruling

By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence said Friday that Indiana continues to be a right-to-work state, even though a Lake County Circuit Court judge has refused to stay a ruling declaring the state’s right-to-work law unconstitutional. On Thursday, Circuit Judge George Paras – who issued the ruling last month deeming Indiana’s right-to-work […]

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Even with increase in private sector jobs, Indiana’s unemployment rate levels off

By Seth Morin TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana’s July unemployment rate remained the same as last month’s, even with the addition of roughly 10,000 private sector jobs. The rate has remained at 5.9 percent since June, and is slightly below the national average of 6.2 percent. Even with the gains in private sector jobs, the unemployment rate […]

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Funding cuts continue for higher education

By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Pence administration will continue to make funding cuts to state agencies and universities to pad Indiana’s reserves so the state can function through another potential economic slump, a key official told lawmakers Thursday. State Budget Director Brian Bailey said the public universities could eventually receive all the money […]

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State studies whether to reduce rules for licensed workers

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State leaders are considering an overhaul of an occupational regulatory program that some experts say is out of whack. The changes could impact some 470,000 Hoosiers, including health care workers, barbers, plumbers, social workers and others – people who face rules that critics say are far too burdensome. In fact, one […]

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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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