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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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State finds $288 million that could lead to small tax break

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mitch Daniels’ administration has found $288 million in corporate tax revenue that had not been appropriately moved from the Department of Revenue to the state’s main checking account since 2007. That new revenue – combined with tax receipts that have been beating state estimates – means […]

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Charter board to take testimony on proposed schools

Staff report The Statehouse File The newly-founded Indiana Charter School Board will host hearings through December to get input on applications from groups that want to open new schools. The group – created by a law the General Assembly passed earlier this year – is charged with reviewing and approving new charter school applications. The […]

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Indy law school named for business and civic leader

Staff report The Statehouse File The Indiana University School of Law at Indianapolis will be renamed in honor of Indianapolis banker and attorney Robert McKinney, who has donated $24 million to the school, the largest gift it has ever received. IU President Michael McRobbie said Thursday that the school will now be known as the […]

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Indiana and other states get chance to experiment with child welfare systems

By Pamela M. Prah Stateline.org staff writer Devon, a 16-year old boy who lives in Clearwater, Florida, went into foster care when he was eight months old. He lived in a group home in his early teen-age years and was on track to stay there until he turned 18. But that didn’t happen. Today, as a […]

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No Child Left Behind waivers require big changes fast

By Ben Wieder Stateline.org staff wrier When New Jersey applied to the federal government for a waiver from the No Child Left Behind law, Gov. Chris Christie used the opportunity to tout elements of his education reform agenda that had been languishing in the state legislature for months. States that have applied for No Child […]

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Feds say no to state’s health insurance waiver

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Federal officials have dealt a blow to Gov. Mitch Daniels’ efforts to push more Hoosiers toward high-deductible, consumer-driven insurance plans that he says will reduce health care costs. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services notified the state Sunday that it will not waive a provision […]

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