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Bill restricts local governments from creating alternative employer schedules

By Sarah Ramon TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS –A bill introduced into legislation could prohibit local governments from enacting ordinances surrounding employer schedules for private businesses. “I just want to make certain there’s not multiple codes out there,” author Sen. Phil Boots, R-Crawfordsville, stated. “That if we do anything, we do it at state level and so everybody […]

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Lt. Gov. candidate for president of Ivy Tech

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS –Gov. Mike Pence is “strongly” encouraging Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann to consider a job outside the Indiana Statehouse. Pence spokespeople say an Ivy Tech board member approached Ellsperman during the summer about applying for the president’s position at Ivy Tech Community College. “Governor Pence believes Lt. Governor Ellspermann is uniquely […]

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State employees eligible for raises in 2016

By Rachel Hoffmeyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State employees could see a boost in pay next year. Gov. Mike Pence announced Tuesday state employees who meet expectations will receive a 3 percent raise. Employees who exceed expectations will receive a 4 percent raise.  Those who are considered outstanding will receive a 6 percent raise. In a […]

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Pence announces funding for regional development projects

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Three Indiana regions are awaiting legislative approval, following Gov. Mike Pence and the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) Board of Directors’ agreement to award the regions with up to $42 million in state matching funds to implement regional development plans. Seven regions, representing 70 percent of the state’s population, […]

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Pence announces $1 billion to go toward improving state’s infrastructure

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence Tuesday announced a plan to make $1 billion in road funding available over the next four years. It received mixed reactions from Indiana legislative leaders. The plan is called 21st Century Crossroads. It does not include raising taxes but would result in the repairing of 16,000 miles of […]

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Gov. Mike Pence filed an appeal with FEMA for disaster assistance

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence filed an appeal Wednesday for federal disaster assistance for government and non-profit organizations in 19 Indiana counties that sustained significant damage during storms in June and July. The storms occurred between June 7 and July 20. At least 10 deaths and more than $11 million in damage […]

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Longtime state Rep. Bill Crawford dies

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Former Rep. William (Bill) Crawford, D-Indianapolis, a 40-year veteran of the Indiana General Assembly, died Friday at the age of 79. “To the end, Bill faced death with dignity and courage,” Crawford’s wife and children said in a statement. “He fought the good fight in sickness as he did in […]

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State to appeal FEMA’s denial of assistance to 19 counties

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The state plans to appeal the denial of federal assistance for 19 counties that sustained damage from severe storms and flooding between June 19 and July 29. Gov. Mike Pence sought assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the request was denied Monday. Pence has ordered the Indiana Department […]

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Former Sen. Beverly Gard appointed to redistricting committee

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Senate Pro Tem David Long announced Tuesday his appointment of former Sen. Beverly Gard, R-Greenfield, to serve on the Special Interim Study Committee on Redistricting. “Beverly Gard is a seasoned veteran of the legislative process who has served our state in many capacities throughout her long and distinguished career. Her […]

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Sen. Karen Tallian drops out of race for governor

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Sen. Karen Tallian, D-Portage, dropped out of the 2016 race for governor Monday. “I will continue to build on my decade of experience as a state senator, fighting to ensure equal rights, well-paying jobs, and quality education for all Hoosiers,” said Tallian in a statement. “I want to extend my heartfelt […]

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