6:15 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Lawmakers Are Still Staying Out Of The Ritz Fight

Legislative leaders say they are reluctant for the General Assembly to intervene in the fight between State Superintendent Glenda Ritz and the State Board of Education. That’s despite a flare-up this week in the ongoing conflict. 

Superintendent Ritz Wednesday accused Governor Pence’s new education agency of trying to oust her as chair of the State Board. The allegations came almost immediately after a mediation session between the State Board and Ritz that failed to yield many positive results.

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5:54 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Governor Pence Unveils His 2014 Legislative Agenda

Indiana Governor Mike Pence.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Governor Mike Pence’s 2014 legislative agenda is full of proposals that would increase spending while curtailing state tax revenues heading into a non-budget session of the General Assembly. That agenda includes a phase-out of the state’s business personal property tax.

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Politics & Government
2:38 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Health Insurance Exchanges: How Indiana Got Here

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.

All this week we’ll be walking through some of the practical implications of Indiana’s exchange.

But first, we look back at the Hoosier State’s political road to a federally-run exchange.


The Affordable Care Act mandated the creation of health insurance exchanges—essentially, marketplaces for insurers and consumers.

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Health & Science
4:09 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Healthy Indiana Plan Extended One Year

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence announcing the extension of the Healthy Indiana Plan Tuesday.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

More than 36 thousand Hoosiers with health insurance through the Healthy Indiana Plan will get to keep their plans for another year.  Indiana reached an agreement with the federal government for an extension of the state’s health insurance program for low-income Hoosiers through 2014.

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11:05 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Leading Index Shows Mixed Signals for Indiana Economy

Credit Courtesy of Indiana University

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.

The Leading Index is at its highest point in four months, backed by positive reports from home builders and strong automotive sales.  But Indiana Business Research Center Economic Analysis Director Timothy Slaper says small business optimism is down and rising mortgage rates are dampening enthusiasm. 

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1:48 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Young Adults Struggle To Find Jobs Post-Recession

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.

Listen to Brandon Smith's story about the high unemployment rate among Indiana's young adults.

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Politics & Government
4:42 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Pence Announces Public-Private Bioscience Venture

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.  It’s being called the first industry-led life sciences research institute in the country.

Listen to Brandon Smith's story about the announcement of the Indiana Biosciences Research Institute.

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Politics & Government
4:05 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Pence proposes income tax cut to mayors during statehouse visit

Mike Pence

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. 

Governor Mike Pence’s proposed across-the-board 10 percent income tax cut hasn’t been backed by many in the General Assembly, even his fellow Republicans.  And its reception among the dozens of mayors and town leaders at the Statehouse Tuesday might also be described as lukewarm.  But Pence said his proposal will help more people than other tax cuts lawmakers are considering.

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Politics & Government
3:28 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Tea Party group supports Pence tax cut

Chase Downham

Tea Party group Americans for Prosperity is entering the debate in Indiana over Governor Mike Pence’s proposed ten percent income tax cut.  The organization announced it will air TV ads in support of the tax cut.

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Politics & Government
1:37 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Lawmakers hope to boost veteran-owned businesses

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.

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. 

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.

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