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Analysis: Women’s work/home choices should include all options

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – When I was growing up in the 1980s and launching my career in the 1990s, the goal for women – at least for my friends and me – was independence. Women before us had made it not only acceptable to work, but to have careers. And therefore the expectation […]

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Analysis: History has lessons for tax cut fever

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – When Indiana lawmakers voted this spring to reduce the corporate income tax rate, they were joining hundreds of other legislators across the nation considering tax cuts. But history shows these tax cut splurges can cause significant problems for states when their economies go south – leaving policy makers to […]

Analysis: New teacher data has its limitations

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Analysis: New teacher data has its limitations

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – It’s usually a given that parents want their children in class with the best teachers. And so it will be tempting – when the Department of Education releases teacher evaluation data on Monday– to compare how many educators at one school received the highest ratings compared with those at […]

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Analysis: Ethics members should take Turner matter seriously

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The House Ethics Committee will soon take up the question of whether state Rep. Eric Turner broke the chamber’s rules when he advocated in a private caucus for the defeat of legislation that would hurt a business run by his son. Turner, a Republican from Cicero, insists he did […]

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Analysis: Road funding study is key for Indiana’s future

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Tucked among the hundreds of bills that flowed through the General Assembly this year is one that could affect Indiana’s future trade, economy and finances. House Bill 1104 orders a study of transportation funding in hopes that the state will find a way to generate revenue for roads and […]

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Analysis: Bullying has no place in the Statehouse

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – One thing I’ve always loved about covering the General Assembly is seeing people come to the Statehouse and make a case. Whether they’re arguing for a bill or against a bill, telling their own stories or that of a loved one, or simply sharing a heart-felt belief, it’s great […]

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Analysis: Gun bill calls for reasoned debate – from all sides

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – It’s easy to understand the outrage. The mere mention of guns and schools conjures images of Sandy Hook and Columbine, only two of the far too many times that students have died at the hands of shooters invading schools with weapons. But an issue as important as gun control […]

Analysis: Pence still likely to declare win, despite agenda set backs

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Analysis: Pence still likely to declare win, despite agenda set backs

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence saw much of his legislative agenda fly through the Indiana House in the first weeks of the session. But in the Senate, his proposals haven’t proven so popular. In just the past week, Senate committees have dealt big blows to two of his key priorities – […]

Analysis: Pence stays mum about property tax plan details

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Analysis: Pence stays mum about property tax plan details

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Republican Gov. Mike Pence is negotiating with lawmakers over legislation that could impact their tax bills and the services they receive from local governments – but he wants to keep those talks behind closed doors. Halfway through the legislative session, he’s still refusing to talk details about plans to […]

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Hoosiers’ privacy rights focus of bill headed to Senate

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill meant to extend Hoosiers’ privacy rights in a world of digital devices and electronic tracking passed the House 85-11 on Monday and now heads to the Indiana Senate. House Bill 1009 – authored by Rep. Eric Koch, R-Bedford – requires police to obtain a search warrant before […]

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