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Analysis: Behning case has lessons for all

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Analysis: Behning case has lessons for all

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Ethics questions involving House Education Chairman Bob Behning rose and fell last week in just a matter of days, but the underlying issues shouldn’t go away so quickly. Behning, R-Indianapolis, had proposed to begin lobbying in another state for an education testing company that does business in Indiana and […]

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Frankly Speaking podcast: Ethics issues, the gov’s budget and more

This week hosts Jacob Rund and Lesley Weidenbener talk about the latest ethics questions in Indiana government plus reporters Chris Arnold, Hannah Troyer and Ben Brown join us with updates about several bills. As always, we have our Pence Watch – or what there is of it. You may also like Analysis: Behning case has lessons for […]

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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: Gov. Mike Pence’s State of the State, gambling and education funding

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Analysis: Behind-the-scenes bills are among most interesting

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The 2015 session of the General Assembly launched last week with debate about all the issues you’d expect – the budget, education and plenty of politics. But it’s the issues you don’t see coming that make a legislative session interesting. And this one will be no exception. Here are […]

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Frankly Speaking podcast: The session begins, Gov. Pence’s budget plan & more

This week on the podcast, we talk about the start of the 2015 legislative session and what’s interesting about the two-year budget proposed by Gov. Mike Pence. And of course, we’ve got our Pence Watch, focused a bill that would have let the governor run for reelection and for president at the same time. You […]

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Frankly Speaking podcast: The big stories plus the winners and losers of 2014

This week, we welcome guests Chelsea Schneider of The Courier & Press in Evansville and Brandon Smith of the Indiana Public Broadcasting to talk about the top stories of 2014 – as well as the year’s winners and losers. You may also like Analysis: Behning case has lessons for all Frankly Speaking podcast: Ethics issues, […]

Analysis: Modest revenue growth won’t mean big increases for education

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Analysis: Modest revenue growth won’t mean big increases for education

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The big talk among legislative leaders about boosting the dollars for education significantly may turn out to be largely that – big talk. That’s no commentary on the Republican leaders who are hoping to make 2015 an education session. They appear sincere in their efforts, although their more specific […]

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Frankly Speaking podcast: The revenue forecast, HIP 2.0 and the Pence Watch

Indiana Fiscal Policy President John Ketzenberger joins us this week to talk about the state’s revenue forecast and what it means or the next two-year state budget. We also talk about Indiana’s proposed health care program for low-income Hoosiers and hear clips from Sen. Luke Kenley and Gov. Mike Pence. Plus, as always, we have […]

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Analysis: Education funding depends on upcoming fiscal forecast

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Republicans are talking big about boosting state funding for public schools over the next two years, but it’s not clear yet whether the cash will be available to make that happen. Already, House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, has said that his caucus wants to provide a larger overall increase […]

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