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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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Video & story: Obama talks manufacturing, economy during stop in Princeton

Obama visit from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com PRINCETON, Ind. – President Barack Obama spent the afternoon of National Manufacturing Day here addressing students, business leaders and local factory workers at Millennium Steel Services – a key supplier for the Toyota production plant located next door. Standing on a platform in front of […]

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Unemployment rate inches down to 5.8

By Hannah Troyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The rate of unemployed Hoosiers dropped slightly in August bringing the state’s unemployment rate to 5.8 percent. The drop continues an overall trend and is 0.2 percentage points lower than the national average. “Indiana’s unemployment rate has decreased 1.7 percent over the past year, while the labor force has […]

Guest column: Encouraging Hoosier innovation

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Guest column: Encouraging Hoosier innovation

By Dan Coats U.S. Senator Over the next decade, more than half of America’s economic growth is expected to come from the fields of science and technology. Today Indiana is home to multiple world-class universities and research institutes, as well as federal laboratories that introduce innovative technologies to the U.S. economy. Given the significance of […]

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