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Bill allows hiring preferences for veterans

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would give private employers the ability to give preference to veterans in the hiring process passed a House committee unanimously on Tuesday. SB 298 is identical to a House bill that has already passed and moved to the Senate. Both bills aim to lower the unemployment […]

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Video & story: Raytheon to create 250 new jobs in Indy

Gov. Pence announces 250 new jobs at Raytheon from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence announced the creation of 250 new Indiana jobs on Monday at Raytheon’s facility in Indianapolis. Pence said jobs in technology and defense are helping Indiana’s job market expand. “We’re currently witnessing major players in […]

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DNR stocked a record number of fish in 2014

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Video & story: House committee moves bill to eliminate common construction wage

Union PKG from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A House committee voted Tuesday to eliminate the boards that set minimum wage requirements for public construction projects, a move that has rekindled a fight between Republican lawmakers and labor unions. Supporters say the legislation will save taxpayer money but workers say it […]

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Guest column: Work share program deserves a legislative shot

By Derek Thomas Special to TheStatehouseFile.com The best way to stimulate the economy is by keeping workers on the job through work sharing. According to Moody’s Analytics, the return is greater than infrastructure investments or tax cuts. A work sharing program – available in 28 states – is a voluntary and cost-equivalent alternative to traditional unemployment insurance that allows […]

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Tax ‘simplification’ bill raises plenty of questions

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Lawmakers are considering legislation that would eliminate $21 million in annual tax cuts for businesses and individuals, bolster a break for the working poor, and expand a sales tax exemption for businesses. House Bill 1349 is meant to simplify the state’s tax system while remaining revenue neutral, meaning the […]

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Indiana unemployment rate holds at 5.7 percent

By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Due in part to an increase in private sector jobs, Indiana’s unemployment rate held steady during the month of November. At 5.7 percent, the November unemployment in the state was 1.2 percentage points less than during the same time last year and exactly the same as in October of […]

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Lawmakers cautiously optimistic about projections for more tax money

By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Lawmakers could have an additional $842 million in new money to spend on the next two-year budget. On Thursday, the Revenue Forecast Technical Committee presented its projections for Fiscal Years 2016 – beginning July 1 – and 2017 to the State Budget Committee. The estimates are used as an […]

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State’s unemployment rate holds steady at 5.7 percent

By Hannah Troyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The state’s unemployment rate held steady at 5.7 percent for the month of October. The private sector added 2,500 manufacturing jobs during the month – ranking Indiana third in the nation for manufacturing job growth. Similarly, the transportation and utility trades added 3,300 jobs in October – placing the […]

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Unemployment rate ticks down in September but job numbers drop

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana’s unemployment rate dropped slightly in September, even as the state lost jobs overall. The seasonally adjusted rate stood at 5.7 percent last month, down 0.1 percentage points from August. The rate is significantly lower than one year ago when it stood at 7.3 percent. The drop comes even […]

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