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State’s high court stays out of legislative fine dispute, doesn’t order refunds

By John Sittler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that it was inappropriate to intervene in a legislative dispute about the collection of fines levied on Democrats after their walkouts in 2011 and 2012. The decision means the state auditor won’t have to repay Democrats for fines withheld from their expense checks. […]

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Students, editor, website win SPJ awards for reporting, writing

Staff reporter TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Four students, an editor and TheStatehouseFile.com took home awards Friday night from the 34th annual Society of Professional Journalists “Best of Indiana Journalism” awards gala. Franklin College seniors Samm Quinn and Adrian Gillaspy and sophomores Timothy Cox and Sandie Love won 1st Place in the Coverage of Government and Politics […]

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Judge throws out right-to-work challenge

By Zach Osowski TheStatehouseFile.com INIDANAPOLIS – A federal judge threw out a lawsuit that had been filed against the recent right to work law Thursday. A group of union workers sued former Gov. Mitch Daniels and the state of Indiana, saying the right-to-work law – which frees from workers paying fees to unions they don’t […]

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Commentary: Hey Michigan, welcome to the club

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPolitics.org I was playing on the Internet this weekend and came across a Michigan writer who was lamenting about our neighbors to the north becoming a right-to-work state. One of the reasons Michigan adopted RTW is because Indiana did back in February. The writer, Rick Haglund, writing for MLive.com, says Michigan is […]

Commentary: The ethical case for right to work

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Commentary: The ethical case for right to work

By Cecil Bohannon Indiana Policy Review How many different restaurants do you patronize? In my household the number is in double digits ranging from fast foods to fine dining.Now suppose a bare majority of the eateries in your town forces all the others into a dues-imposing “restaurant association” that fixes prices, hours and terms of […]

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State: Right to work is bringing more jobs to Indiana

By Suzannah Couch TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Officials at 20 companies have said Indiana’s passage of a right-to-work law earlier this year was a factor in their decisions to bring more jobs to the state, according to Daniel Hasler, who leads the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. However, Nancy Guyott, a union leader and the state’s biggest […]

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15 lawmakers’ voting records match Chamber’s positions

By Suzannah Couch The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Scores given by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce show that one out of every 10 state lawmakers earned a perfect score this year when it comes to votes on issues the business lobbying group considered important. Fifteen Indiana lawmakers scored 100 percent on votes for measures that […]

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Daniels calls session successful, lauds RTW and kindergarten bills

By Greg Margason The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mitch Daniels was back to work Monday, citing right-to-work and full day kindergarten as capstone achievements for what he describes as a successful short legislative session. Daniels confirmed that Indiana has signed economic development agreements with three companies – one that has been made public and […]

Commentary: Lawmakers end legislative session quietly

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Commentary: Lawmakers end legislative session quietly

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Late on a day in the last week of the Indiana General Assembly’s 2012 legislative session, a lobbyist stopped for a chat. The talk turned to the right-to-work battle that dominated the month of January. “Man,” he said. “That seems like it was years ago now. And […]

Commentary: Chamber wants accountability for all but its own jobs talk

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Commentary: Chamber wants accountability for all but its own jobs talk

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – If there is one word that has defined the business community’s political agenda for the past generation, it is “accountability.” Hoosier business leaders – and their lobbying arm, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce – seem to want accountability for everyone and everything. They want it for all […]