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StateImpact Indiana: Vouchernomics

by Kyle Stokes

February 28, 2013

Indiana House members passed a bill expanding the state’s school voucher program this week.  Currently, the state will help cover private school tuition for families of four making up to $63,000 per year.  The Senate’s approval of the plan would make even more families eligible.  Then there’s this change:  the bill steps up the amount... More »

Chrysler announces Tipton plant and 1,250 new jobs

by Stephanie Wiechmann

February 28, 2013

Chrysler has announced today it will bring a new transmission plant to Tipton County and add more than one thousand jobs to the area.  IPR’s Stephanie Wiechmann reports. More »

Pence and Donnelly speak on sequestration in Indiana

by Brandon Smith

February 27, 2013

Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly says it appears sequestration cuts will go into effect before a deal is reached in Congress, though he says negotiations won’t stop with the Friday deadline.  And as Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports, Governor Mike Pence says the state is planning for the cuts. More »

Tipton County wind farm project faces opposition from citizens group

by Cody Butler

February 26, 2013

Tipton County residents are one zoning variance away from seeing a wind energy farm rise above their homes.  But a citizen’s action group is fighting to significantly change the size of the project.  IPR’s Cody Butler reports. More »

Indiana General Assembly drops two bills on school accountability system

by Brandon Smith

February 26, 2013

Two bills addressing the state’s A through F school accountability system have been derailed by the Indiana General Assembly.  But as Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports, lawmakers say the issue is not dead this session. More »

Bill to drug test welfare recipients passes Indiana House

by Brandon Smith

February 25, 2013

Indiana’s welfare recipients could be subject to mandatory drug testing under legislation passed by the House today.  Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports on a bill whose author says is intended to “help people help themselves” but whose opponents call offensive. More »

House minority leader predicts trouble with GOP and Governor

by Brandon Smith

February 22, 2013

The House Minority Leader says Thursday’s decision by GOP leaders to block a vote on Governor Mike Pence’s proposed tax cut is a sign of trouble between the governor and his party.  Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports. More »

StateImpact Indiana: Teacher Evaluations

by Elle Moxley

February 21, 2013

State law requires that school districts evaluate teachers annually and tie those assessments to pay.  The new law took effect in August — and that means some Indiana teachers will be getting bonuses based on their classroom instruction for the first time this year.  Districts can use an Indiana Department of Education-approved evaluation system or... More »

Indiana House Republicans present budget with no Pence tax cut

by Brandon Smith

February 15, 2013

The House Republican budget proposal does not include Governor Mike Pence’s proposed ten percent income tax cut.  But as Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports, the Minority Leader promises the cut will get an up or down vote on the House floor. More »

Legislator amends bill that keeps out-of-state students from voting in Indiana

by Payne Horning

February 14, 2013

College students in Indiana are relieved that a state representative has removed a provision from a proposed bill that would prevent some out-of-state college students from voting in Indiana.  IPR’s Payne Horning reports. More »

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