Brandon Smith http://wbaa.org en State Commission Will Continue Debate Over Business Personal Property Tax http://wbaa.org/post/state-commission-will-continue-debate-over-business-personal-property-tax <p>The next showdown between the state and local governments over the business personal property tax will be at a blue ribbon commission studying the issue this summer.&nbsp;</p><p>Legislation passed this year allows local governments to either exempt new equipment from the business personal property tax, eliminate it on small businesses or abate the tax on specific projects for up to 20 years.&nbsp; It also created a study committee to examine the business personal property tax.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:31:50 +0000 Brandon Smith 66877 at http://wbaa.org State Commission Will Continue Debate Over Business Personal Property Tax As Appeals Courts Differ On Obamacare Exchanges, Pence Says Indiana Got It Right http://wbaa.org/post/appeals-courts-differ-obamacare-exchanges-pence-says-indiana-got-it-right <p>Governor Mike Pence says he stands by his decision not to operate a state-run health insurance exchange under the Affordable Care Act.&nbsp;</p><p>Two federal appeals courts Tuesday ruled on cases involving insurance subsidies in the Affordable Care Act.&nbsp; A Washington D.C. circuit court ruled that the federal government cannot provide subsidies for more than four million Americans—including more than 100,000 Hoosiers-- who purchased insurance through federally-run healthcare exchanges.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:10:10 +0000 Brandon Smith 66807 at http://wbaa.org As Appeals Courts Differ On Obamacare Exchanges, Pence Says Indiana Got It Right State Unveils News Transparency Website http://wbaa.org/post/state-unveils-news-transparency-website <p>The governor’s office has unveiled a <a href="http://www.in.gov/mph">new website</a> aiming to improving transparency and accountability in state government -- a one-stop shop for Hoosiers keeping tabs on state agencies’ performance.</p><p>The state’s previous transparency portal earned Indiana the title of most transparent state government site by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, a consumer watchdog organization.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:14:06 +0000 Brandon Smith 66700 at http://wbaa.org State Unveils News Transparency Website Report: Indiana Improving Its Pain Management Policies http://wbaa.org/post/report-indiana-improving-its-pain-management-policies <p>The American Cancer Society says Indiana has improved significantly when it comes to pain management policies.&nbsp; But a report from the Society’s Cancer Action Network says the state still has more to do.</p><p>There are only eight states that received less than a B from the Cancer Action Network in its report on pain management and patient care policies.&nbsp; Indiana moved this year from a C-plus to a B.&nbsp;</p><p>Network Associate Director David Woodmansee says that’s because of a new step taken by the State Medical Board.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:17:45 +0000 Brandon Smith 66623 at http://wbaa.org Report: Indiana Improving Its Pain Management Policies Task Force Says Lawyers' Pro Bono Work Should Be For Free, Not For Credit http://wbaa.org/post/task-force-says-lawyers-pro-bono-work-should-be-free-not-credit <p></p><p>A panel investigating Indiana’s pro bono legal system says lawyers shouldn’t be rewarded with continuing education credits for providing free and low-cost legal services to Hoosiers in need.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Chief Justice Brent Dickson mentioned the need to boost pro bono efforts in his 2013 State of the Judiciary address, his first as Chief Justice.&nbsp;</p><p>In his address this year, he talked about the results of a study that examined civil law cases in the state<strong>.</strong></p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 10:04:10 +0000 Brandon Smith 66419 at http://wbaa.org Task Force Says Lawyers' Pro Bono Work Should Be For Free, Not For Credit As State Posts Strong Balance Sheet, Democrats Decry GOP 'Bloodlust' For Tax-cutting http://wbaa.org/post/state-posts-strong-balance-sheet-democrats-decry-gop-bloodlust-tax-cutting <p>Despite tax revenues that struggled for much of the fiscal year, Indiana closes its book with a surplus of more than $100 million and reserves topping $2 billion.&nbsp; But Democrats say the state is hoarding money to make its bottom line look good<strong><u>.</u></strong></p><p>Going into the final month of the fiscal year, Indiana was about $50 million short of expectations.&nbsp; But a strong June helped the state end the year about $13 million above projected levels.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 17:34:16 +0000 Brandon Smith 66067 at http://wbaa.org As State Posts Strong Balance Sheet, Democrats Decry GOP 'Bloodlust' For Tax-cutting Auditor Race Heats Up As State Closes Out Fiscal '14 http://wbaa.org/post/auditor-race-heats-state-closes-out-fiscal-14 <p></p><p>Indiana will close the books today on the fiscal year that ended June 30. State Auditor Suzanne Crouch updates Hoosiers on how the state’s revenues performed.&nbsp;</p><p>But Crouch’s Democratic opponent in this fall’s election is accusing the Pence administration of “cooking the books.”</p><p>Indiana tax collections struggled for much of the fiscal year, prompting Pence to cut state agency and university budgets and even sell one of the state planes.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 13:14:16 +0000 Brandon Smith 66051 at http://wbaa.org Auditor Race Heats Up As State Closes Out Fiscal '14 State's New Transportation Ventures Could Cost $10 Billion http://wbaa.org/post/states-new-transportation-ventures-could-cost-10-billion <p>A blue ribbon panel studying Indiana’s future transportation needs laid out this week the state’s top road project priorities.&nbsp; The task now is to figure out how to pay for them.</p><p>The panel recommended four priorities for road construction projects – widening I-65 and I-70, building an I-69 Ohio River bridge and creating a commerce connector around Indianapolis.&nbsp;</p><p>The panel did not include specific funding recommendations, though co-chair Cathy Langham says it does suggest developing some sort of user fee system<strong><u>.</u></strong></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:51:28 +0000 Brandon Smith 65904 at http://wbaa.org State's New Transportation Ventures Could Cost $10 Billion Transportation Panel Lists Top Priorities http://wbaa.org/post/transportation-panel-lists-top-priorities <p>A blue ribbon panel Governor Mike Pence assembled to study Indiana’s future transportation needs has identified four top priorities for the state’s road construction projects.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 17:11:26 +0000 Brandon Smith 65767 at http://wbaa.org Transportation Panel Lists Top Priorities State Won't Recognize Gay Marriages Issued Last Month http://wbaa.org/post/state-wont-recognize-gay-marriages-issued-last-month <p></p><p></p><p>Indiana will not recognize same sex marriages performed between a federal judge’s ruling striking down the state’s gay marriage ban and an appeals court order halting that decision.&nbsp;</p><p>Federal judge Richard Young ruled Indiana’s ban on same sex marriage unconstitutional in an order handed down late last month.&nbsp; Two days later, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a stay of that ruling, halting its effects.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 18:50:34 +0000 Brandon Smith 65683 at http://wbaa.org State Won't Recognize Gay Marriages Issued Last Month