Brandon Smith http://wbaa.org en Pence Says Hoosier State Line's Future In Cities' Hands, Not State's http://wbaa.org/post/pence-says-hoosier-state-lines-future-cities-hands-not-states <p></p><p></p><p>Governor Mike Pence is noncommittal on whether Indiana will support the future of the Hoosier State Passenger Rail Line with state dollars.&nbsp; Speaking to reporters Thursday, Pence shifted responsibility to local communities along the line that runs between Chicago and Indianapolis.</p><p>Federal funding for the Hoosier State Line was cut off last year.&nbsp; The state and local communities along the line reached a temporary funding agreement that keeps the route running through October.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:02:47 +0000 Brandon Smith 67505 at http://wbaa.org Pence Says Hoosier State Line's Future In Cities' Hands, Not State's State Preparing To Limit Amount Of Drug Treatment Meds Allowed At Home http://wbaa.org/post/state-preparing-limit-amount-drug-treatment-meds-allowed-home <p></p><p>The state is developing treatment rules prompted by legislation that will significantly limit how much drug addiction treatment medication patients can take home.&nbsp;</p><p>Federal law caps the amount of methadone patients can take home.&nbsp; If someone’s been in treatment for at least six months, they can get three doses to take home per week.&nbsp; After a year, they can get 14 days worth of the medication; after two years, 30 days.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Brandon Smith 67419 at http://wbaa.org State Preparing To Limit Amount Of Drug Treatment Meds Allowed At Home State Looks To Local Government For Corruption-busting Ideas http://wbaa.org/post/state-looks-local-government-corruption-busting-ideas <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller says the state’s Public Integrity Coalition is developing strategies from the local level up to state government aimed at curbing public corruption.&nbsp; Those strategies could include new legislation.</p><p>The Public Integrity Coalition, formed three months ago, brings together groups such as the Attorney General’s office, the State Board of Accounts – which is responsible for auditing all levels of government in the state – the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns, and law enforcement groups around the state.</p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:11:29 +0000 Brandon Smith 67374 at http://wbaa.org State Looks To Local Government For Corruption-busting Ideas Hogsett's Political Future In Limbo http://wbaa.org/post/hogsetts-political-future-limbo <p>US Attorney Joe Hogsett leaves his federally appointed position at the end of this week.</p><p>But his political future may not be decided for a while longer.</p><p>Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports:</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:56:43 +0000 Brandon Smith 67287 at http://wbaa.org Hogsett's Political Future In Limbo Lubbers Builds On Congressional Testimony With '15 To Finish' Program http://wbaa.org/post/lubbers-builds-congressional-testimony-15-finish-program <p></p><p></p><p>The Indiana Commission for Higher Education wants to help college students finish their degrees on time, unveiling Monday its ’15 to Finish’ campaign.&nbsp;</p><p>Tthe initiative is a coordinated, statewide effort to inform students, parents, and advisors about the importance of taking 15 credit hours per semester.</p><p>Only 30-percent of Hoosiers complete a bachelor’s degree on time.&nbsp; And an extra year of college costs an average of $50,000 .&nbsp;</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:23:38 +0000 Brandon Smith 67217 at http://wbaa.org Lubbers Builds On Congressional Testimony With '15 To Finish' Program State Senator's Wife To Seek His Seat While He's Deployed http://wbaa.org/post/state-senators-wife-seek-his-seat-while-hes-deployed <p>Amanda Banks announced Thursday she’ll seek to keep her husband Jim’s state Senate seat in the family when he’s deployed to Afghanistan this fall.&nbsp;</p><p>Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) announced earlier this month that, starting in September, he'll be deployed to Afghanistan in his role as a Naval Reserve Officer.&nbsp;</p><p>Banks is unopposed in November’s election and the seven month deployment means he will miss the entire 2015 legislative session.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:19:45 +0000 Brandon Smith 67011 at http://wbaa.org State Senator's Wife To Seek His Seat While He's Deployed State Halts Healthy Indiana Plan Enrollment http://wbaa.org/post/state-halts-healthy-indiana-plan-enrollment <p>Indiana is cutting off enrollment in the Healthy Indiana Plan after the program reached this year’s funding limit.</p><p>When the federal government reauthorized HIP, the health insurance program for low-income Hoosiers, last year, it required Indiana to lower the income eligibility ceiling from 200-percent of poverty – about $47,000 a year for a family of four – to 100-percent – roughly $23,000 dollars a year.&nbsp;</p><p>The state pays for the program through the tobacco tax, limiting its size to a monthly average of 45,000 people.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:02:35 +0000 Brandon Smith 66982 at http://wbaa.org State Halts Healthy Indiana Plan Enrollment 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