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GOP: Right to work will be top 2012 priority

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS — Saying it will break down the state’s “final barrier” to economic growth, the General Assembly’s GOP leaders announced Monday that right-to-work legislation will be their top priority for the 2012 session. House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, said he will co-author the bill to free Hoosier workers from […]

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Indiana places a big bet on consumer-driven health insurance

By Christine Vestal Stateline.org staff writer One thing Mitch Daniels believes with absolute conviction is that consumers need to pay more of the cost of their health care. He has written it in a flurry of op-ed articles in newspapers and journals all over the country. If patients have to reach a little deeper into […]

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Union workers plan to greet lawmakers on Org Day

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Lawmakers returning to the Statehouse next week to prep for their 2012 legislative session will likely face hallways filled with union workers worried about legislation they say could dilute their power and hurt the state’s economy. House and Senate leaders are not expected to take up the […]

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State’s debt is relatively low

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana’s state government is carrying the country’s third lowest amount of debt per capita, according to an analysis released Thursday. The state has $5,970 of debt for each of its 6.5 million residents – significantly less than the national average of $13,754 – said State Budget Solutions, […]

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Indiana vouchers spur an unintended migration

By Ben Wieder Stateline.org staff writer Parents of nearly 4,000 students in Indiana have moved their children to private schools under a new state voucher system. But ironically, the law has led some parents to do just the opposite. According to The (Fort Wayne) Journal Gazette, some parents in private schools have moved their children […]

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Lawmakers look to stiffen penalties in some illegal entry caes

By Shelby Salazar The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – A legislative committee has recommended tougher penalties for officers who enter a home illegally and cause harm to someone inside – a reaction to an Indiana Supreme Court decision that makes it illegal for homeowners to physically bar police from entry. In a short 25-minute meeting Thursday […]

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Attorney General: Bus fees are unconstitutional

By Timothy Cox The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller said in an official but non-binding opinion Thursday that it is unconstitutional for districts to require students to pay fees for bus transportation – even if the schools outsource the service to an outside group or company. Zoeller also asked the Indiana […]

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Economists: Weak recovery will continue

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana University economists said Thursday that the state and national economies should expand somewhat in 2012 but not enough to reduce the unemployment rate. The result will be a continuation of what they called a “historically weak recovery.” “The United States economy in 2011 has managed to […]

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Students leave 182 public districts using vouchers

By Lesley Weidenbener Franklin College Statehouse Bureau INDIANAPOLIS – Students from 182 of Indiana’s public school districts have moved to private schools under the state’s new education voucher program, although only seven districts lost more than 100 kids. In all, nearly 3,919 students from low- to moderate-income families qualified for an Indiana Choice Scholarship this […]

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Net metering expands possibilities for renewable energy

By Samm Quinn The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosier homeowners and businesses that invest in their own renewable energy sources can now more easily save money and sell their leftover electricity to the power company. The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission has expanded its net metering program, which will allow utility customers who use solar panels […]

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