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Statehouse Chambers don’t agree on pre-K funding

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — The Senate Appropriations Committee is calling for less pre-kindergarten spending than the plans proposed by both the Indiana House and Gov. Eric Holcomb. The committee Thursday altered Senate Bill 276 to include a $3 million increase to the On My Way Pre-K pilot program, which sends low-income children to […]

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Big name endorsements for U.S. Senate candidates

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Candidates on both sides of the aisle in the race for a seat in the U.S. Senate are celebrating endorsements from big Indiana names. The U.S. and Indiana Chambers of Commerce announced Wednesday that they are throwing their support behind Republican U.S. Rep. Todd Young in his campaign for the […]

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Indiana Chamber discusses state’s report card

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Chamber presented its 2015 national rankings report, more specifically known as the Indiana Vision 2025 Report Card, on Thursday. The progress plan was put into place in 2012 and includes 33 goals to achieve in four main areas: Outstanding Talent Attractive Business Climate Superior Infrastructure Dynamic and […]

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Analysis: 5 ways to get involved in the legislative process

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – As the long session of the General Assembly enters it’s third week, lawmakers are gearing up for action on bills that could have a significant impact on the lives of Hoosiers. Bills about education, property taxes, the environment, health care and more are moving through the process, while legislation […]

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Frankly Speaking podcast: Education funding, Sunday sales & other issues for 2015

In this week’s edition of Frankly Speaking, hosts Jacob Rund and Lesley Weidenbener take a look at Organization Day and the issues lawmakers plan to tackle in the 2015 session, including education funding, ethics reform, gambling regulation and Sunday alcohol sales. We also have our weekly Pence Watch and you can listen to Sen. Jim Banks […]

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Report: School counselors spend lots of time doing non-counseling work

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A new report finds school counselors in Indiana are focusing an increasing amount of time on work that’s not associated with their primary roles as advisors and less time helping kids deal with life issues or college and job preparation. The survey by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce Foundation […]

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Funding road construction and repairs could mean higher gas prices

By Olivia Covington TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosiers could soon see a rise in gas prices in an effort to generate more funding for state infrastructure. House Bill 1104, which was presented to the House Roads and Transportation Committee on Wednesday, would require the Indiana Department of Transportation to hire an outside company to conduct a […]

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Bosma, Long say GOP caucuses will decide how to proceed on marriage

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Republican leaders of the Indiana General Assembly said Monday they won’t control the fate of the proposed marriage amendment but will leave the decision about how to proceed on the controversial measure up to their GOP members. Still, House Speaker Brian Bosma and Senate President Pro Tem David […]

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Indiana Chamber honors Lugar, others at annual dinner

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Former Sen. Richard Lugar won the Indiana Chamber of Commerce Government Leader of the Year award on Tuesday night, even though the Republican was ousted from office in 2012. Lugar – who lost in last year’s GOP primary to Richard Mourdock, who then lost to Democrat Joe Donnelly – served […]

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Expanded state-sponsored internship program helps students, employers

By Jacie Shoaf TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosier college students have more internship opportunities this fall through the new Employment Aid Readiness Network program, which has expanded its connections between employers and interns. The EARN program, which essentially revamped the former work-study program under law that took effect July 1, now accepts internship positions from for-profit […]

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