A Pence administration official says the governor supports a House Republican plan that would allow local governments to eliminate a tax on purchases of new business equipment.
Governor Mike Pence made elimination of the business personal property tax the centerpiece of his 2014 legislative agenda. The levy on business equipment generates about one billion dollars a year for local governments. House Republicans countered with legislation that would allow county boards to eliminate the tax only on new purchases.
People on both sides of the debate over Indiana’s proposed same sex marriage ban amendment spoke passionately for hours in front of a packed House chamber Monday, as the amendment made its first legislative stop in a House committee.
The House Judiciary Committee audience was a sea of red – that’s the color opponents of the marriage amendment known as HJR-3 chose to wear. Those who testified before the committee in opposition to the amendment were from a diverse background – there were leaders from Indiana’s business and faith communities, legal experts and average citizens.
Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry announced a proposal today to help renovate the University of Saint Francis’ downtown campus. The proposal would be paid for with the City’s Legacy Funds.
Henry says Fort Wayne is a center of education, and the city should capitalize on that benefit. He says "a lot of people don't realize that we have truly a college town. We have over 30,000 college students in this city."
USF plans to further renovate the Scottish Rite Facility on Berry Street, which is now their Performing Arts Center.
This week, the Indiana Arts Commission announced IPFW English professor George Kalamaras would become the new Indiana State Poet Laureate.
WBOI's Julia Meek recently spoke to Kalamaras about his work, the state of the poetry, and why the art of verse can be so intimidating. If you haven't heard it, it's a great conversation, and can be found here.
The Healthy Indiana Plan, the state’s health insurance program for low-income Hoosiers, has added all the applicants from its waiting list to the program for 2014. But that list was dramatically shorter than in previous years.
Last year, more than 50 thousand Hoosiers were on the waiting list for the Healthy Indiana Plan. When the federal government approved the program’s renewal for 2014, it changed the scope of the program, forcing the state to lower the income eligibility ceiling.
The Indiana legislature is considering a bill that would allow microbreweries to sell beer at Indiana farmer’s markets. The bill proposes that Indiana microbreweries would be able to sell beer for off-site consumption at local farmer’s markets.
Under the bill, tastings would not be allowed. Republican State Senator Ron Alting of Lafayette who authored the bill says that’s because the legislature wants to maintain farmer’s markets as family-friendly environments.