Indiana Smoking Ban Proposal To Get Hearing This Week

Indiana lawmakers go back to work today as the 2012 General Assembly resumes. House Speaker Brian Bosma announced last week that he and Senate President Pro Tem David Long are looking to end the session a bit early after a grueling battle over right-to-work legislation dominated the first half of the proceedings. They’re aiming for […]

Indiana Officials Say Full Replacement Not Needed for Sherman Minton Bridge

The Indiana Department of Transportation announced Friday that the Sherman Minton Bridge will not need to be replaced. For the past two weeks, state inspectors from Indiana and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet have been examining the bridge, which Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels ordered shut down on September 9 after a crack was found in its […]

Proposed Changes to Bridges Project Could Save $1.2 Billion

Proposed changes to the Ohio River Bridges Project would result in larger savings than previously expected. In January, Mayor Greg Fischer, Governor Steve Beshear and Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels proposed several cuts to the project, including rebuilding Spaghetti Junction in place and making the east end bridge four lanes wide instead of six. It was […]

Daniels Signs Voucher Bill

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels has signed the nation’s most sweeping private school voucher program into law. The program directs taxpayer money to private and religious schools. It’s based on a sliding income scale. Families of four that make more than $60,000 will qualify for a scholarship if they move from public to private schools. Critics […]

Indiana Lawmakers Approve Budget On Final Day Of Session

The 2011 Indiana General Assembly has ended with passage of a $28 billion budget and other bills on the session’s final day. The spending plan approved by the Republican-controlled legislature includes more overall funding for education and the replenishing of the state’s budget reserves to just over $1 billion. The session included many legislative victories […]

Improved Revenue Projections Mean More Money for Indiana Schools

In light of improved revenue forecast, more money will go to public schools in Indiana. Governor Mitch Daniels said this morning that tax receipts will likely be slightly higher than anticipated over the next two years, and that means $150 million dollars will go toward schools. About a quarter of the money will be used […]

Post Primary: Indiana GOP Looking for Gains in November

Now, that the Indiana primary races are over, parties and candidates are starting to focus their attention on November’s general election. A majority of politically experienced Republicans were winners in races where they faced those who were connected to or had support from the Tea Party movement. Now, Republicans are looking to gain seats in […]

Beshear Signs Bridge Authority Bill

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear today signed a bill creating an authority to oversee major construction projects between Kentucky and Indiana – including the Ohio River Bridges. The bill was approved by the Kentucky General Assembly last month. Beshear and other elected officials such as Mayor Jerry Abramson and Metro Council President David Tandy celebrated the […]