Pence en Lawmakers Are Still Staying Out Of The Ritz Fight <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Legislative leaders say they are reluctant for the General Assembly to intervene in the fight between&nbsp;</span></div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State Superintendent Glenda Ritz and the State Board of Education. T</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">hat’s despite a flare-up this week in the ongoing conflict.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Superintendent Ritz Wednesday accused Governor Pence’s new education agency of trying to oust her&nbsp;as chair of the State Board. Fri, 06 Dec 2013 23:15:33 +0000 Brandon Smith 23872 at Governor Pence Unveils His 2014 Legislative Agenda <div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Governor Mike Pence’s 2014 legislative agenda is full of proposals that would increase spending while&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">curtailing state tax revenues heading into a non-budget session of the General Assembly. T</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">hat agenda includes a phase-out of the state’s business&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">personal property tax.</span></p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 22:54:51 +0000 Brandon Smith 23815 at Governor Pence Unveils His 2014 Legislative Agenda Health Insurance Exchanges: How Indiana Got Here <div><p>The federal government is rolling out one of the key provisions of the Affordable Care Act this week, as the mandated health insurance exchanges open their digital doors Oct. 1.</p><p></p><p>All this week we&rsquo;ll be walking through some of the practical implications of Indiana&rsquo;s exchange.</p><p></p><p>But first, we look back at the Hoosier State&rsquo;s political road to a federally-run exchange.</p></div><div><div>&nbsp;</div></div><p></p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 18:38:49 +0000 Sean Bueter 21007 at Health Insurance Exchanges: How Indiana Got Here Healthy Indiana Plan Extended One Year <p>More than 36 thousand Hoosiers with health insurance through the Healthy Indiana Plan will get to keep their plans for another year.&nbsp; Indiana reached an agreement with the federal government for an extension of the state’s health insurance program for low-income Hoosiers through 2014.</p><p></p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 20:09:16 +0000 Sean Bueter 19892 at Healthy Indiana Plan Extended One Year Leading Index Shows Mixed Signals for Indiana Economy <p>An Indiana University economist says the Leading Index for Indiana – an economic predictor for the state – is sending mixed messages about the health of the Hoosier economy.</p><p>The Leading Index is at its highest point in four months, backed by positive reports from home builders and strong automotive sales.&nbsp; But Indiana Business Research Center Economic Analysis Director Timothy Slaper says small business optimism is down and rising mortgage rates are dampening enthusiasm.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 15:05:09 +0000 Brandon Smith 17948 at Leading Index Shows Mixed Signals for Indiana Economy Young Adults Struggle To Find Jobs Post-Recession <p>The unemployment rate among young adults in Indiana is significantly higher than the state average and a Ball State economist says Hoosiers in that age group are still struggling to recover from the recession.</p><p></p><p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 17:48:41 +0000 Brandon Smith 17628 at Pence Announces Public-Private Bioscience Venture <p>Governor Mike Pence says the creation of a new Biosciences Research Institute announced Thursday will create jobs, attract investment and talent from around the globe and help retain the state’s top graduates.&nbsp; It’s being called the first industry-led life sciences research institute in the country.</p><p> Fri, 31 May 2013 20:42:05 +0000 Brandon Smith 15536 at Pence proposes income tax cut to mayors during statehouse visit <p></p><p></p><div></div><p></p><p>Governor Mike Pence pitched his income tax cut proposal to mayors and local government leaders who visited the Statehouse Tuesday to promote their own priorities to the legislature.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 20:05:09 +0000 Brandon Smith 12144 at Pence proposes income tax cut to mayors during statehouse visit Tea Party group supports Pence tax cut <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tea Party group Americans for Prosperity is entering the debate in Indiana over Governor Mike Pence’s proposed ten percent income tax cut.&nbsp; The organization announced it will air TV ads in support of the tax cut.</span></p> Thu, 07 Mar 2013 20:28:42 +0000 Brandon Smith 11622 at Tea Party group supports Pence tax cut Lawmakers hope to boost veteran-owned businesses <p></p><p>A Republican state senator wants each state agency to set aside 10% of its contracts each year for veteran-owned small businesses, a move supporters say the will help reduce veteran unemployment.</p><p>Governor Mike Pence signed an executive order his first day in office establishing a goal of procuring three percent of state contracts for veteran-owned businesses.&nbsp;</p><p>Proposed legislation would expand that to 10%, something American Legion state commander Richard Jewell says could help reduce veteran unemployment, which is double the state rate.</p> Tue, 05 Feb 2013 18:37:10 +0000 Brandon Smith 10202 at