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State GOP lawmakers say no to state health exchange

by Brandon Smith

January 21, 2013

Democratic state lawmakers are proposing legislation that would expand the state’s Medicaid program and establish a state-run healthcare exchange.  While Medicaid expansion remains somewhat of an open question, GOP lawmakers say a state exchange won’t happen…at least for now.  Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports. More »

Governor Pence welcomes new Anderson auto parts factory

by Network Indiana and IPR News

January 18, 2013

Governor Mike Pence was in Anderson today to help cut the ribbon on a new auto parts manufacturing facility in the city.  Greenville Technology Incorporated – known as GTI – is a subsidiary of a Tokyo-based company that is one of Honda’s largest suppliers of plastic parts.  GTI has told Anderson officials the plant will... More »

Indiana’s unemployment rate grows slightly in December

by Stephanie Wiechmann

January 18, 2013

Indiana’s unemployment rate grew slightly in December — a point-two percent increase to 8.2 percent.  Today’s report from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development says the state added 8,300 private sector jobs.  State Workforce Development Commissioner Scott Sanders says the rate increase comes from the more than 7,000 unemployed Hoosiers who are beginning again to... More »

Hoosiers protest Citizens United decision in Indianapolis

by Brandon Smith

January 18, 2013

Protesters rallying in Indianapolis today called for a constitutional amendment to undo the Citizens United Supreme Court decision.  As Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports, the rally focused its anger on the increase in political spending as a result of the decision. More »

StateImpact Indiana: D School Grade

by Elle Moxley

January 17, 2013

Indiana schools that receive a D or an F from the state must work with the Department of Education to develop a school improvement plan.   The idea is that state support now will help the schools avoid further intervention in the future.   But sometimes the difference between a C and a D can be one... More »

Criminal code bill passes House committee

by Brandon Smith

January 17, 2013

Legislation extensively overhauling Indiana’s criminal code has passed its first legislative hurdle without interference.  But sponsors of the bill aren’t sure it will continue that way.  Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports. More »

Pence considers leadership of FSSA and DCS agencies

by Brandon Smith

January 16, 2013

Governor Mike Pence says he’s made no decisions yet who will run the Family and Social Services Administration or the Department of Child Services.  FSSA chief Michael Gargano and DCS director John Ryan — both appointed by Governor Mitch Daniels — attended Pence’s first cabinet meeting today.  But Pence says he has not decided whether... More »

Democratic lawmakers propose state healthcare changes

by Brandon Smith

January 16, 2013

Democratic lawmakers say it’s time for Indiana to begin a serious discussion about healthcare, including potential expansion of Medicaid.  Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports on proposed legislation dealing with implementation of the Affordable Care Act. More »

Governor Pence presents budget proposal to lawmakers

by Brandon Smith

January 15, 2013

One day after being inaugurated, Governor Mike Pence’s administration has presented his budget proposal to state lawmakers.   Pence wants a one percent increase for K through 12 school funding in each of the next two years.  But as Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports, schools would have to earn the extra money in the second... More »

Outgoing state superintendent leave state as Common Core standards are challenged

by Elle Moxley

January 14, 2013

This week, Indiana legislators will hear about a bill that would withdraw Indiana from the Common Core academic standards.    Outgoing state superintendent Tony Bennett pushed for Indiana to adopt the standards.  But he won’t be there this week to weigh in on the debate.  As StateImpact Indiana’s Elle Moxley reports, Bennett is confident his legacy... More »

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