Two years after its creation, Indiana’s Securities Restitution Fund – which provides relief for victims of investment scams – paid out its first check, and Secretary of State Connie Lawson says there should be more to come.
A major reason why it took two years for a single check to be issued from the fund is timing: to be eligible for relief, the scam must have taken place on or after July 1, 2010. That's the date the law creating the fund took effect.
Secretary Lawson says the time between the crime and when the victim gets relief can be lengthy.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Gregg Thursday unveiled an eight-point plan aimed at increasing the state’s total exports by 50% in five years.
Gregg applauded the work of Gov. Mitch Daniels in expanding Indiana’s global presence and says as governor, his policies would further that work.
They include coordinating statewide export strategies, developing tax incentives for Hoosier businesses that export at least 75% of their products and creating an export innovation fund that would provide money to trade associations and private businesses.
Only 28 percent of Hoosier students pursuing a bachelor’s degree finish in four years. That puts Indiana 40th in the nation in on-time completion rate. GOP gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence says, “we know Indiana can do better. But it will take shared commitment from the state, our colleges and universities and from students and families themselves to get the job done.”
Donnelly and Bayh will tour the state in the next few days in what they’re calling a “main street tour” of Indiana. Bayh thinks appearing with Donnelly is not about trying to rally the Democratic base around a conservative Democrat saying, "Oh I think the Democratic base is squarely in Joe Donnelly’s camp and we need to build on that and reach out to independents and Republicans because not only is that the politically sensible thing to do, it’s the only way we’re going to make progress in Washington.”
Indiana’s three gubernatorial hopefuls discussed Indiana’s policy future during a forum at IUPUI Tuesday. Led by former Indiana Chief Justice Randall Shepard, the forum was not a direct debate between candidates, but a public conversation between Shepard and each hopeful, one at a time.
Brandon Smith prepared several reports on key issues addressed in those policy discussions.
Governor Daniels requested input last month from all three gubernatorial candidates on two key decisions the state must make in the next few months regarding implementation of the Affordable Care Act. One is a choice between establishing a state- or federally-run health care exchange, a kind of marketplace for insurers and consumers. The other is determining the state’s essential health benefits package, which sets a minimum level of coverage insurers must offer. Pence says, with so much uncertainty surrounding the measure, he advises against setting up a state-run health care exchange.
Indiana's drought and the ethanol industry took center stage as the running mates in this year’s gubernatorial race took shared their views Wednesday at the Indiana State Fair in their only scheduled debate.
As severe drought impacts most of Indiana, a debate over where the corn that does survive should go exists not just in the state but across the country. And the ethanol industry is a major part of that debate. Up to 40 percent of U-S corn crops could be needed to fulfill the federal government’s mandate for ethanol usage.