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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. […]

Commentary: ‘We have met the enemy….’

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Commentary: ‘We have met the enemy….’

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – They’re talking about getting ahead of the wave. Which may be a tidal wave. I’m talking, over the air, with Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce President Michael Huber, Ivy Tech Community College Central Indiana Chancellor Kathleen Lee and Ascend Indiana President Jason Kloth. The conversation specifically is about Kloth’s organization […]

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Controversial common construction wage bill signed by Pence into law

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence signed a bill into law Wednesday that eliminates the state’s common wage system – a move supporters say will make public projects cheaper and critics complain will depress pay for construction workers. The change means market forces will determine the pay for workers on projects worth […]

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Common Construction repeal passes Senate

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A controversial bill that will eliminate the 80-year-old common construction wage in Indiana passed the Senate by a narrow margin Wednesday. HB 1019 eliminates a system that let local governments and schools set wage floors that contractors must meet on public projects. Often those wages are set at union […]

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Union workers fill Statehouse lawn to protest proposed common construction repeal

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – More than a thousand Hoosier workers and contractors showed up to the Statehouse lawn on Monday waving signs urging lawmakers to not to repeal the state’s common construction wage law. House Bill 1019 would eliminate a system that lets local boards set wages for contractors who work on projects […]

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Pence campaign spends $s in common construction fight; governor considers radio or TV ads

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence is weighing whether to buy radio or television ads in a fight that labor leaders say is another GOP effort to weaken unions. Already, Pence is using campaign money to pay for a website that supports eliminating the common construction wage, which lets local governments and […]

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House passes bill to scrap common construction wage for public projects

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The GOP-majority House voted Monday to undo an 80-year-old law that lets local governments and schools set wage floors that contractors must meet on public projects. House Bill 1019 – approved 55-41 – now moves to the Senate, where Republicans also control the chamber. The bill’s author, Rep. Jerry […]

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Webcast: The House GOP releases a budget, fenced hunting moves on and more

Webcast February 20, 2015 from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo.

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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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Bill would let teachers bargain for own salaries, benefits

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Confusion and concern about collective bargaining rights for teachers slowed progress on a bill Wednesday in a Senate committee. Sen. Pete Miller, R-Avon, proposed legislation that would allow non-union teachers the right to bargain with their districts for salaries and benefits. But Senate Bill 302 also says that a teacher who […]

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