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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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Frankly Speaking podcast: Pence’s education agenda, CECI elimination & more

This week, hosts Jacob Rund and Lesley Weidenbener discuss the education agendas of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and state Superintendent Glenda Ritz. Of course, we’ve got the Pence Watch and audio clips from Pence, Ritz and State Budget Director Brian Bailey.

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Frankly Speaking podcast: Pence’s immigration suit, a new poll and education squabbles

This week we talk about Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s decision to join a multi-state suit against the president’s immigration policy, a new Hoosier Survey that measures voters’ opinions on public policy issues, and problems between the state Superintendent Glenda Ritz and the education board. Ball State’s Ray Scheele and ChalkBeat Indiana’s Scott Elliott are guests.

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Analysis: Pelath in good position to lead otherwise powerless minority

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehosueFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – House Minority Leader Scott Pelath had a message for the business leaders, reporters and political leaders gathered last week for a preview of the 2015 legislative session. “I’m fine.” The Michigan City Democrat said he appreciated the expressions of concern he’d received from friends and Statehouse observers since Republicans […]

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Analysis: Pence builds resume even as he discounts presidential talk

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence sidestepped questions this week from conservative media mogul Steve Forbes about running for president but the conversation that emerged sounded very much like a resume for national office. Pence bragged on the state’s AAA credit rating, plugged recent tax cuts and predicted its private school voucher […]

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Analysis: Democrats have big legislative hole to climb out of

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – So what’s the importance of a few more legislative seats when you already have a supermajority? The future. When Republicans added two more seats to their already huge majority in the House last Tuesday and three more to their huge majority in the Senate, they didn’t gain any real […]

Analysis: Voucher system needs open minds, good analyses

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Analysis: Voucher system needs open minds, good analyses

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – More and more families are taking advantage of the state’s voucher program, which uses taxpayer funds to help low- and middle-income students attend private elementary middle and high schools across the state. This school year, some 29,000 kids are in private schools under the state’s four-year old program. That’s […]

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Analysis: 3 takeaways from the Pew report on political polarization

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Americans on both ends of the political spectrum have at least a couple things in common: They are more likely to follow government and political news closely and then lead conversations with others about the topics. In fact, the 20 percent of people who are either far right or […]

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Analysis: School funding could be biggest debate of 2015 session

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A fascinating and important education debate is now brewing as the 2015 legislative session draws closer – and it’s not about testing or vouchers or even whether students should get a longer summer break. It’s about money. And it’s a discussion that could affect every school district across Indiana. […]

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