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Rockport gas plant could face trouble without tax break

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The $2.65 billion synthetic natural gas plant planned for Rockport might not be viable if the General Assembly fails to approve a tax credit to help finance its construction, according to the speaker of the Indiana House. The House Ways & Means Committee stripped the credit for […]

Commentary: A modest proposal for lawmakers

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Commentary: A modest proposal for lawmakers

By John Krull The Statehouse File               INDIANAPOLIS – Somewhat in the spirit of Jonathan Swift, I offer a modest proposal. Swift, an Irish satirist and political pamphleteer, provoked uproar in the 1720s when he suggested that one of the solutions to grinding poverty was to have the poor sell their children to the […]

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House GOP defeats RTW referendum proposal; Democrats walk out

By Samm Quinn The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS –Republicans in the Indiana House beat back seven amendments offered by Democrats on Monday – including one that would have sent the question to the ballot for a referendum – as they prepared a right-to-work bill for a vote by the full chamber. The Senate passed a right-to-work […]

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Democrats say fines are worrisome but worth it

By Timothy Cox The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Members of the House Democratic caucus said Wednesday that fines imposed by Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, are a concern but won’t hinder their current boycott against right-to-work legislation. Bosma announced Wednesday he would charge Democrats $1,000 for every day they fail to provide a quorum in the […]

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House again at partisan standstill

By Samm Quinn The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Plans for the Indiana House to vote on an amendment that would send the right-to-work issue to a statewide referendum fell apart Tuesday when Democrats boycotted for the fifth day of this year’s session. House Minority Leader Pat Bauer, D-South Bend, said minority Democrats were absent because […]

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Bauer: Boycott can’t last indefinitely

By Alec Gray and Kendra Rhonemus The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The third-ranking Democrat in the Indiana House gave up his leadership post Friday and left most of his colleagues behind as he returned to the chamber willing to work on controversial labor legislation. The move by Rep. Dale Grubb, D-Covington, was the latest and […]

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Democrats fear fines if they keep boycotting House

By Samm Quinn The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – A day away from triggering possible $1,000-per-day fines, Democrats who skipped Wednesday and Thursday’s House sessions are looking for new ways to turn the public against a Repblican right-to-work proposal. Though House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, said he hadn’t yet decided when he would start imposing fines, […]

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Bosma, Bauer meet on right-to-work; Democrats undecided about returning to session

By Samm Quinn The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS — The Republican and Democratic leaders of the Indiana House met behind closed doors Thursday just before noon but it wasn’t clear when they emerged whether Democrats are ready to end a boycott so lawmakers can begin conducting business. House Minority Leader Pat Bauer, D-South Bend, said he […]

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House Democrats boycott first day of 2012 session; Republicans vow to stick with their agenda

By Samm Quinn The Statehouse File House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, said Wednesday that the GOP won’t take right-to-work off the agenda this year. Click here to hear why. INDIANAPOLIS – Work at the Indiana House stopped even before it started Wednesday as Democrats spent hours in a closed-door meeting that denied majority Republicans the […]

Podcast: Statehouse news for Jan. 5

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Podcast: Statehouse news for Jan. 5

This is The Statehouse File’s daily legislative podcast, which is posted Monday through Friday. In today’s report: House Democrats boycott the opening day of the 2012 legislative session and Gov. Mitch Daniels rescinds new, controversial Statehouse security rules.