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Commentary: Sedated by the surplus

By Michael Leppert TheStatehouseFile.com “Sedated, we’re nursing on a poison that never stung…” –Hozier Hozier was in town Thursday night performing a summer, outdoor rock and roll show at The Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park. The Irish singer/songwriter mentioned multiple times during his set what a great venue it is. And […]

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Analysis: Skepticism should be part of every privatization deal

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Then-Hoosier Lottery head Karl Browning said three years ago he could see “no scenario” in which the state could produce – on its own – the revenue and profits that a private vendor promised it could. Turns out that private firm – GTECH – couldn’t do it either. In […]

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Analysis: Education board has chance for fresh start

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – When the State Board of Education convenes this week at Purdue University, its members have a chance to redeem not just the group’s reputation but that of education leadership in Indiana as well. For roughly two years, the board has been a showcase for all that’s wrong with government. […]

Analysis: Graduation season has lessons, inspiration for all of us

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Analysis: Graduation season has lessons, inspiration for all of us

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The names may be familiar to especially careful readers. Alec Gray, Jacob Rund, Adam Lee, Olivia Covington, Seth Morin, Hannah Troyer, Ellie Price, Chris Arnold and Emily Metheny. They’ve all been writers, photographers, designers and videographers for TheStatehouseFile.com in just the past year. Their stories have run in newspapers […]

Analysis: RFRA fallout far from over

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Analysis: RFRA fallout far from over

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehosueFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – When the General Assembly’s session ended last month, Gov. Mike Pence and legislative leaders insisted that the controversy over the religious freedom restoration act was over. But the state’s jobs agency must not think so. The Indiana Economic Development Corporation is paying $750,000 to a New York public relations […]

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Guest column: Pence says budget invests ‘in our future like never before’

By Mike Pence Indiana governor Last December I called upon the Indiana General Assembly to make this an education session, and the results are clear. In this biennial budget, we made historic investments in education at every level from pre-K all the way through our adult high schools, because education will not only help our […]

Analysis: Pence set Democrats up with good campaign fodder

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Analysis: Pence set Democrats up with good campaign fodder

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – It was just hours after the General Assembly adjourned for the year that one Democrat said he planned to run for governor and another said she was thinking about. No surprise. After all, Republican Gov. Mike Pence – who appears poised to seek a second term – gave his […]

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Analysis: Addiction is a societal problem, one that must be tackled

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – There was a time when I looked at addicts as people who made poor choices in their lives and refused to take responsibility for their actions. I had little interest in government-funded programs to serve people I believed had brought their problems on themselves. Today, I believe I had […]

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Analysis: Common construction arguments don’t wash, on either side

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Lawmakers have scrapped Indiana’s common construction wage, an 80-year-old system that set floors for workers’ pay on local projects that are funded with taxpayer money. It was a controversial debate and the economics are tricky – but the discussion became more convoluted than it needed to be in part […]

Analysis: Revenue news will determine final budget numbers

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Analysis: Revenue news will determine final budget numbers

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate has released a two-year, $31.5 billion budget that increases money for education, highways and community-based corrections programs. It boosts university funding by more than either the House or governor’s plans, a move Senate Appropriations Chairman Luke Kenley says should prevent colleges from raising tuition. But that budget […]