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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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Colleges to celebrate high-speed connections

By Zach Osowski The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana University will host a celebration Thursday commemorating the 63 university and college campuses across Indiana that are being connected through an ultra high-speed network. The $35.8 million undertaking was made possible by a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce and aims to connect 21 Ivy […]

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Democratic leader threatens ‘response’ if GOP pushes right-to-work

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The Democrat leader in the Indiana House said Wednesday that his members “will reserve the right to respond appropriately” if Republicans move forward with plans to push right-to-work legislation in the General Assembly’s 2012 session. Rep. Pat Bauer of South Bend – who led Democrats on a […]

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IU will cut summer tuition to fill under-used buildings

Indiana University plans to begin discounting its tuition by 25 percent for its summer sessions at its campuses in Bloomington, Indianapolis and across the state to encourage year-round attendance.

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Indiana officials dabble in iPad trend

The Fort Wayne City Council is the most recent local government body to take steps to switch from paper documents to electronic ones using iPads.

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Unlikely duo of Daniels and Cuomo crusades to shrink local government

Mitch Daniels of Indiana and Andrew Cuomo of New York have made their names as governors with a surprisingly similar pursuit: They want to cut the cost of government, and not just at the state level. They have argued that putting their states’ economies on track requires keeping a lid on taxation and public spending at both the state and local levels.

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Indiana retailers want Amazon to pay sales tax too

Three businesses Thursday asked the Commission on State Tax and Financing Policy to consider legislation that would require online retailers, such as Amazon and Overstock.com, to pay sales tax.

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Hoosier Lottery director resigns over office extravagance

The executive director of the Hoosier Lottery has resigned amid accusations that the agency overspent on new offices and furniture as it moved from one downtown Indianapolis location to another.

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