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Improving fresh food availability by stimulating business

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Forty-two ounce Styrofoam cups line the counter. As a child shakes a bag, candy dances in its bright red package. He is begging his mother for what “is only a dollar.” Chip bags of every color fill the white, rusty racks, selling for just over one dollar. But nowhere […]

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Pence expresses interest in expanding state’s pre-K program

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence sent a letter Thursday to Secretary Sylvia Burwell of the Department of Health and Human Services expressing interest in expanding the state’s pre-K program for disadvantaged children. “Because of the success of our first-ever, state-funded pre-K pilot program, I am committed to opening doors of opportunity to […]

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HIP 2.0 ads to blanket TV, radio and web

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The new Healthy Indiana Plan, otherwise known as HIP 2.0, will begin a statewide advertisement campaign on Monday. The campaign is designed to bring an awareness of the program to the hundreds of thousands of Hoosiers who qualify for the plan. On Monday, the state will begin running TV, […]

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Low-income families could keep child care help longer under bill moving in Senate

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that could help low-come Hoosiers become self-sufficient is one step closer to becoming law. House Bill 1616 – authored by Rep. Ed Clere, R-New Albany – would allow federal Child Care and Development Fund voucher program participants to continue receiving benefits until the family income exceeds 250 […]

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Lawmakers hear concerns about ‘cliff’ effect for child care program

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Lower income Hoosiers could keep their child care aid even as their incomes increased modestly under legislation a Senate committee considered Monday. Senate Bill 129 would eliminate a benefits cliff that supporters say leads some parents to turn down promotions or better jobs to avoid losing up to $8,000 […]

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Bill would help some low-income Hoosiers buy cars

By Tyler Gribbons TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A Senate committee passed legislation Thursday that would help some lower-income Hoosiers get a car to go to work. The Senate Appropriation Committee voted unanimously to send Senate Bill 185 to the full Senate for consideration. The legislation expands the uses of the state’s individual development accounts, which are […]

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Indiana’s income gap widens faster than in most other states

By Tim Grimes TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The income gap between Indiana’s wealthiest families and its poorest widened quickly and significantly in recent years, according to a new report. Indiana’s richest 5 percent of households had average incomes in the late 2000s that were nearly 12 times as large as the bottom 20 percent of households, […]

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State will have more money for LIHEAP program under bill signed into law

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The state will have roughly $4 million more annually to help low-income families pay their utility bills under legislation signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Mitch Daniels. The General Assembly sent House Bill 1141 to Daniels last week. It would use money from Indiana’s share of a […]