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30 Laws in 30 Days: Veterans and spouses to receive preference for employment, training

By Cameron Mattern TheStatehouseFile.com Editor’s note: This is the 26th in a series of stories about new laws that are taking effect, most of them on July 1. INDIANAPOLIS — The state is using a new law to thank veterans for their service by giving service members and their spouses preferential treatment for employment and training. […]

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Japan-based manufacturer breaks ground on new facility in northwest Indiana

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A Japan-owned manufacturer of automotive coatings for plastics, NB Coatings, broke ground on its new facility in northwest Indiana. NB Coatings North America – headquartered in Lansing, Illinois – is a wholly owned subsidiary of Japan-based Nippon Paint, which will invest more than $4.7 million to establish operations at NorthWind […]

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Carmel-based Allegient announces a $1.3 million expansion

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosiers can expect to see an increase in high-wage job opportunities in the next couple of years. Allegient, a business and technology consulting company, announced plans Oct. 23 to expand its headquarters and add nearly 70 jobs by 2018. The average wages of the new positions are expected to […]

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IPS upping pay to help attract and retain quality teachers

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Educators in the Indianapolis Public School district are receiving their first significant pay hike in five years. Amid the teacher shortage, IPS prioritized teacher raises as a step in retaining and attracting quality teachers. “Research clearly shows that teachers have the most direct impact on student achievement,” Justin Ohlemiller, […]

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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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Critics cry discrimination as Senate passes bill to allow religious hiring options

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Tensions were running high as lawmakers debated and then passed a bill that the author says won’t discriminate against individuals based on their religion but critics say will. If signed into law, Senate Bill 127, authored by Sen. Travis Holdman, R-Markle, would allow faith-based organizations that receive state contracts […]