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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 […]

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Indiana Supreme Court clears hurdle for Rockport coal-to-gas plant

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The developers of a controversial coal-to-gas plant planned for Rockport say the Indiana Supreme Court has handed them a decisive victory in a battle over whether a deal to build it complied with state law. But a utility company that’s been fighting the project argues the opposite. The 5-0 […]

Analysis: 10 years later, Frank O’Bannon’s legacy starts with Ivy Tech expansion

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Analysis: 10 years later, Frank O’Bannon’s legacy starts with Ivy Tech expansion

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – It’s fairly easy for politicians once they’ve left office – especially the ones who don’t erupt with dynamic personalities or leave their jobs in scandal – to slip from the public’s consciousness. The officials who quietly go about the business of government – for better or worse – are […]

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Commentary: Mitch Daniels responds to academic freedom criticism

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Mitch Daniels calls to express some concerns about a column I’d written about him, the late Howard Zinn and academic freedom. Daniels, former Indiana governor and current Purdue University president, tells me that the stories about an email exchange between him and his education advisors while he was the […]

Commentary: Emails reveal another side to Daniels’ academic freedom debate

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Commentary: Emails reveal another side to Daniels’ academic freedom debate

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – When he was governor, Mitch Daniels released a list of holiday book recommendations just before every Christmas. He did it to encourage Hoosiers to read. At the same time, it turns out, Daniels was trying to limit what Indiana students could read and what their teachers could teach. In […]

Commentary: Eric Holcomb and the GOP new crew’s legacy

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Commentary: Eric Holcomb and the GOP new crew’s legacy

By Cam Savage TheStatehouseFile.com  My first campaign experience with Eric Holcomb was in Petersburg, Ind., carrying a Hoosiers for Holcomb sign in one of the dozens of small town parades that are the very essence of small town Indiana campaign tradition. Eric’s beloved hound Vasco walked in the parade, too. Actually, I think a volunteer […]

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Analysis: Ethics rules are good as their enforcement

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – I’ve always been a little skeptical about whether so-called cooling off periods are an effective way to prevent public officials from using their government positions to help companies they might later go to work for. Some may think I’m naïve. But actually, it may be that I’m too cynical. […]

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State colleges under pressure to contain costs

By John Sittler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Some Indiana colleges and universities are freezing tuition for this coming school year while others are experiencing the smallest increases in decades. Jason Bearce, associate director for strategic communication and initiatives for the Commission for Higher Education, said that something had to be done because the tuition increases weren’t […]

Analysis: Lawmakers, state ed board may have rocky road ahead

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Analysis: Lawmakers, state ed board may have rocky road ahead

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – There’s been significant speculation about how Democrat Glenda Ritz – the state superintendent elected last November – would get along with the Republican governor and majorities in the General Assembly. But the more interesting relationship is between those GOP officials and members of the State Board of Education. That […]

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Commentary: Indiana’s conservative government experiment is not full success

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – In the coming years, Indiana may become a focus of national attention – as a laboratory for conservative models of governance. For past eight years and, now, the next four, the Hoosier state has had and will have governors who are conservative activists. For last two election cycles, the […]

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