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Analysis: Questions about corrections funding will persist to session’s end

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Analysis: Questions about corrections funding will persist to session’s end

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – When lawmakers began talking several years ago about an overhaul of the state’s sentencing laws, the goal was to serve more low-level felons in community-based programs. The problem – just about everyone acknowledged at the time – is that those community programs are not set up to suddenly serve […]

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Analysis: Students need more info about the debt they’re piling up

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Years ago, as she was starting her law career, my best friend told me that she wished she’d understood just what it would mean to her future to be borrowing her way through school. By graduation, my friend had amassed more than $75,000 in debt, not including the interest […]

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Frankly Speaking podcast: Kenley on the budget, right-to-try and more

Hosts Jacob Rund and Lesley Weidenbener review the week’s news from the Indiana Statehouse. Find out what Senate Appropriations Chair Luke Kenley said about the budget, what Attorney General Greg Zoeller said about fenced hunting and what a 5-year-old boy with muscular dystrophy said about a bill to help him get treatment. And as always… […]

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Analysis: A decade is enough uncertainty for fenced hunting

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – It’s a fight that has gone on too long. And it’s time for the General Assembly to end it. The state and the operators of fenced deer hunting preserves have been at odds for a decade over whether the operations are legal and can be regulated. During that time, […]

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Frankly Speaking podcast: Pence won’t talk gambling, the HPV vaccine & the Pence Watch

Hosts Jacob Rund and Lesley Weidenbener talk about Gov. Mike Pence’s refusal to say publicly where he stands on gambling legislation. They also discuss the failure of a bill meant to boost HPV vaccination rates. And there’s debate about the budget and, of course, the Pence Watch. You may also like Pence orders limited needle […]

Analysis: Pence keeps his opinions about gambling out of the public eye

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Analysis: Pence keeps his opinions about gambling out of the public eye

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Republican Gov. Mike Pence has some strong feelings about gambling legislation that’s been passed by the House and is now headed to the Senate. I mean, I think he does. He’s not actually willing to tell me. Or you. Or apparently anyone who’s not a legislator. We’ll find out, […]

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Bill aimed at increasing HPV vaccines defeated by House

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Republican-controlled House has killed a controversial measure that aimed to boost HPV vaccination rates in order to reduce the prevalence of cervical and other cancers in Indiana. Rep. Ed Clere on failed HPV vaccine bill Supporters say the bill – which did not require anyone to actually get […]

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Frankly Speaking podcast: Mike Pence goes to Washington, the House budget is out & more

Hosts Jacob Rund and Lesley Weidenbener discuss the week’s news, including what’s in the House GOP budget, how the Ways & Means Committee changed the gambling bill and where Gov. Mike Pence is headed soon. You may also like Pence orders limited needle exchange to stem Scott… Pence signs controversial religious freedom bill i… Pence […]

Analysis: Republicans & Democrats made good points on school funding

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Analysis: Republicans & Democrats made good points on school funding

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The results are in – and they are not surprising. Months after House Republicans first said they wanted to revamp school funding, the changes have been translated into actual dollars for districts. As expected, growing districts – those in suburban areas – receive more money under the plan and […]

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Analysis: Five things to expect in the House budget plan

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – After weeks of budget hearings and behind-the-scenes debates, House Ways & Means Chairman Tim Brown is about to unveil a two-year state spending plan likely to mean roughly $35 billion for schools, Medicaid and more. So far, Brown – a Republican from Crawfordsville – has been mum about the […]

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