General News
5:00 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Low-income Hoosiers Get New Job Training Options

The program is voluntary and available to those on the state's health insurance plan, HIP 2.0.
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Hoosiers enrolled in the Healthy Indiana Plan program will now have access to job training and preparedness resources. 

About 300 thousand people enrolled in HIP 2.0 will soon receive letters inviting them to participate in Gateway to Work, a program run by the state’s Family and Social Services Administration.  FSSA Family Resources director Adrienne Shields says the program is available not just to unemployed HIP 2.0 enrollees, but also to those seeking to move up the ladder.

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General News
1:24 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Tippecanoe County Commissioners Debate 2016 Pay Raises

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The Tippecanoe County Commissioners are recommending a two-percent raise for county employees in 2016.

The pay hike will cost the county roughly $350,000.

Commissioner Dave Byers voted against the two-percent increase, because he believes county employees deserve more.

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1:07 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Revamped State Board of Education Will Have At Least One New Member

The same law that will remove Glenda Ritz as board chairman after next year’s election also says there can be no more than five appointed members from the same party, meaning one of the six Republicans on the board will have to go.
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  The bill removing Glenda Ritz as chairman of the State Board of Education will also remove at least one board member, and possibly more. Ritz is the only elected member of the state board -- the governor appoints the other 10.

The old law said no more than six of those 10 could be from the same party. The new law cuts that number to five.

That will force the replacement of one of six Republicans on the board.   

The bill also shifts two of the governor‘s appointments to House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) and Senate President David Long (R-Fort Wayne).

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General News
12:55 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Democrats Predict GOP Will Pay 2016 Price For RFRA

Indiana Democrats predict Republicans will suffer backlash at the polls because of the controversy surrounding the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
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Sixty-six Indiana cities cast ballots for mayor Tuesday, but Democrats are already looking ahead to legislative and gubernatorial elections next year.

House Minority Leader Scott Pelath says mayoral victories this year would position Democrats for 2016.

The party’s strategy is already in focus—reminding voters of the controversy over the religious freedom law.

Pelath (D-Michigan City) acknowledges Democrats had high hopes last year too, after the legislative battle over same-sex marriage.

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General News
8:44 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Bosma Says Not Enough Funding For Infrastructure In 2015

The General Assembly will receive an extensive report this summer from INDOT about future road funding sources and needs.
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House Speaker Brian Bosma says his one disappointment from the 2015 legislative session is a failure to boost infrastructure funding as much as he’d like.

Lawmakers increased infrastructure funding by more than two hundred million dollars in the 2013 budget to take care of state and local roads. And those levels remained the same but didn’t increase in the budget approved last week.

Senate President Pro Tem David Long says lawmakers had to make some tough budget decisions.

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