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Unemployment rate inches down to 5.8

By Hannah Troyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The rate of unemployed Hoosiers dropped slightly in August bringing the state’s unemployment rate to 5.8 percent. The drop continues an overall trend and is 0.2 percentage points lower than the national average. “Indiana’s unemployment rate has decreased 1.7 percent over the past year, while the labor force has […]

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Pence: U.S., Japan should work out free-trade differences

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence worked to sell Japanese leaders Monday on new investment in Indiana, saying the “ties that bind our people are strong” and reinforced by shared values of integrity, hard work, tradition and modesty. But Pence – speaking to the 46th Annual Midwest U.S.-Japan Association Conference – ventured […]

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RTW fight returns to Statehouse – this time at the Supreme Court

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The state’s right-to-work law violates the Indiana Constitution because it requires unions to provide services to non-members without compensation, an attorney representing labor groups told the state’s highest court Thursday. But a lawyer for the attorney general said the constitutional provision in question would only apply if the state […]

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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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