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Mitch Daniels endorses right to work; poll says Hoosiers undecided

By Samm Quinn and Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels announced in a statement Thursday that he would support GOP right-to-work proposals at the General Assembly next month, even as a new poll finds that a majority of Hoosiers are undecided about the issue. Gov. Mitch Daniels’ statement on right to work: […]

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Gocery and convenience stores to push again for alcohol law changes

INDIANAPOLIS — A coalition of convenience and grocery stores said Wednesday that they will renew their push for Sunday carry-out alcohol sales and cold sales of beer – but with a twist. Rather than seeking sales of all cold beer, the Alliance of Responsible Alcohol Retailers will ask lawmakers to let them sell cold Indiana-brewed […]

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Lawmakers face decision: Tax cut or spending

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosier taxpayers would receive a refund of roughly $55 each if state tax and spending projections released Wednesday hold up through June 30, 2012. But Republican and Democratic legislative fiscal leaders immediately urged caution, saying the money that would be available for a new automatic refund program […]

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Republicans reject outside audit for state’s corporate tax mistake

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The bipartisan State Budget Committee voted along party lines Wednesday against an independent audit that would have investigated a Department of Revenue error that meant $320 million in tax payments was not transferred to the state’s main checking account. Democrats proposed the audit during a morning meeting […]

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State offers free tax filing services to 1 million Hoosiers

By Lauren Casey The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – More than 1 million low- and moderate-income Hoosiers will now be able to file their income tax returns at no cost under a program announced Tuesday by the Indiana Department of Revenue. The Indiana “freefile” program begins in 2012 and is a partnership between the state, federal […]

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Former IURC official indicted in agency scandal

Staff report The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – A Marion County grand jury has indicted the former head of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission on three felony counts of official misconduct stemming from a scandal involving the agency and Duke Energy. David Lott Hardy, whom Gov. Mitch Daniels fired earlier this year, faces charges that he […]

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State jobs board endorses right to work

Staff report The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The board that oversees the state’s job creation efforts has endorsed right-to-work, a controversial proposal that would free Hoosier workers from paying fees to unions they don’t join. The Indiana Economic Development Board approved a resolution Thursday that ticks off a number of statistics meant to show that […]

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Democrats seek independent review after Daniels administration finds tax mistake

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Key Democrats are seeking an independent audit and investigation into how Gov. Mitch Daniels’ administration could have unknowingly left $320 million in corporate tax receipts sitting in an account as the state was struggling to balance its budget. Listen to Sen. John Broden, D-South Bend, talk about […]

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Right-to-work debate a domestic dispute

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS—Perhaps the Republicans and the Democrats in the Indiana General Assembly could resolve their differences over right-to-work legislation through counseling. A family therapist once told me that the toughest disputes to resolve in a troubled relationship are the ones in which “both partners are right, but they’re right about […]

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Labor poll on right-to-work draws fire from GOP

By Timothy Cox and Samm Quinn The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Union leaders released a poll Wednesday morning they say shows that Hoosiers don’t support a right-to-work law, which would prevent Indiana companies from making union membership a condition of employment. By Wednesday afternoon, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and Republicans had fired back, calling […]

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