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Browning resigns as INDOT commissioner with no explanation

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Karl Browning resigned his post Wednesday as commissioner of the Indiana Department of Transportation in an email to the governor without explanation. Gov. Mike Pence immediately named Brandye Hendrickson – who’d previously led the agency in an interim role – to succeed him. The governor’s office would not say […]

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Oesterle plans return to politics to fix ‘badly damaged’ Indiana reputation

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Republican Bill Oesterle says he did not step down as CEO of Angie’s List to run for governor – but he’s not ruling it out either. Oesterle, who masterminded Mitch Daniels’ first campaign for governor, said Wednesday that the “state’s reputation has been badly damaged” by fallout from a […]

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Bill could help students speed through college in three years

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Students could get full access to their financial aid and receive incentives if they get on track to graduate in three years rather than four under legislation considered Wednesday by the Senate Education Committee. House Bill 1231, authored by Rep. Todd Huston, R-Fishers, gives college students incentives to participate […]

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Commentary: New economy requires workers to keep learning

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The leader of the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce said it plainly. “If (the competition for jobs and labor) is just about who is the cheapest, we won’t ever win that fight. We have to make the competition about adding value,” said Michael Huber, the chamber’s chief executive officer and […]

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Commentary: Challenges before colleges and universities

By Mitch Daniels TheStatehouseFile.com The once serene and secure world of higher education has been shaken in recent years by challenges few saw coming. Enrollments have dropped, layoffs have become common, and a few colleges have closed down entirely. There has been a stunning drop, from 75 percent to 44 percent, in Americans saying that “a college degree […]

Commentary: Going private keeps taking its toll

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Commentary: Going private keeps taking its toll

By Dan Carpenter TheStatehouseFile.com The money from the Indianapolis water-sewer utility sale is gone, and rates are going up, as the city told us would happen, sale or no sale. The money from the Indianapolis parking meter sale is gone, and rates have risen and billable hours have lengthened, with the collections flowing past city […]

Commentary: Indiana: Looking right for No. 1

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Commentary: Indiana: Looking right for No. 1

By Dan Carpenter TheStatehouseFile.com You’ve got your Texas, your Mississippi, even your – Lord save our cheese – Wisconsin. Could the most rightwing state in the union be our own Indiana? I’m tempted to call it a lock after reading a recent piece in the liberal organ Truthout with the headline “The Ultra-Right-Wing State Nobody […]

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Purdue University will offer 3-year degrees in communications

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Purdue University will offer three-year communications degrees as part of a larger effort to make college more affordable – but that doesn’t mean students will take fewer credits. University President Mitch Daniels picked a proposal from the Brian Lamb School of Communications to offer five majors as three-year degrees. […]

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Daniels seeks ‘value’ for college education at Purdue, elsewhere

By Paige Clark TheStatehouseFile.com WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Mitch Daniels sat casually at the circle table near the bay window in his office. He pushed up the sleeves on his crisp white button-up shirt with “Purdue” written above the left breast. He laced his fingers together and placed them on the arm of the simple, […]

IURC chair named Pence’s new Chief of Staff

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IURC chair named Pence’s new Chief of Staff

By Antonio Cordero TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Governor Mike Pence appointed Jim Atterholt as his Chief of Staff today. Atterholt, who served two terms as a state representative and led two state agencies, will begin work Monday. “Jim Atterholt’s experience in state government and in the Indiana General Assembly, along with his reputation for integrity make […]

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