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Commentary: Problems wait while the argument continues

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Commentary: Problems wait while the argument continues

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Nearly 50 years ago, Robert F. Kennedy had a problem to solve. The problem’s name was Bedford-Stuyvesant, a poor and troubled area in metropolitan New York. Kennedy, who was then the Democratic U.S. senator from New York, had been challenged by residents of Bed-Stuy, as it was and is […]

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Life for Hoosier children improves in education, health

By Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — New data shows Indiana children are seeing improvements in health and education, but their economic well-being as well as family and community is decreasing. “There’s a lot of room for hopefulness in this year’s rankings and this data,” said Tami Silverman, president and CEO of the Indiana Youth Institute. […]

Commentary: Poverty and politics

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Commentary: Poverty and politics

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org Poverty and Politics I watched the Democratic Presidential debate this week, and Hillary Clinton was the clear winner. But that’s like being valedictorian in summer school. What I found most interesting in the debate was the discussion on poverty. All the candidates said the government needs to do more about poverty. […]

Commentary: Too early for a celebration

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Commentary: Too early for a celebration

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence’s office gave itself a pat on the back, but the pat should have been halfhearted. The news the Pence administration touted was about jobs. Indiana’s unemployment rate dropped in July – down to 4.7 percent, which is below the national average and well below the 5.8 […]

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Department of Child Services to add more than 100 caseworkers to help ease burden

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Mike Pence announced on Thursday morning the Indiana Department of Child Services would add 113 additional caseworkers. The move comes just a day before DCS will present their annual report before the state budget committee. “I’m proud of the efforts they have made but nevertheless because we’re talking […]

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Group recommends a significant reduction in IPL’s requested rate hike

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – An agency that represents customers says Indianapolis Power & Light doesn’t need to raise customer rates as much as it has proposed to keep customers safe and electric service reliable. The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor has recommended that state regulators approve only 8 percent of IPL’s proposed […]

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Free dentistry available Friday, Saturday at state fairgrounds

By Olivia Covington TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Low-income families from across the state will have the chance to receive free dental care on Friday and Saturday. The Indiana Mission of Mercy is hosting a free dental clinic at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Dr. Sue Germain, who is the event’s chairwoman, said more then 1,300 volunteers have […]

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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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Bill to promote urban fresh food options passes House

By Aubrey Helms TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill aimed at bringing fresh food to urban areas – often referred to as “food deserts” – passed the House on Thursday evening. House Bill 1248 would require the Indiana State Department of Agriculture to develop and promote urban farming programs, food cooperatives and farmers’ markets. It would seek […]

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Bill to help low-income Hoosiers with child care moves to Senate

By Aubrey Helms TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana families struggling to make ends meet, even as their incomes rise, could get some extra help when it comes to one of the most burdensome expenses of raising children: childcare. House Bill 1616, authored by Rep. Ed Clere, R-New Albany, unanimously passed the House 94-0 on Tuesday. The […]

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