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6:34 am
Thu April 30, 2015

Balanced Budget Amendment Passes With Bipartisan Support

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Changes to the proposed balanced budget amendment swayed some lawmakers to support the measure Wednesday. The resolution would prohibit the legislature from spending more than it collects in taxes. The resolution passed both chambers with bipartisan support 

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General News
6:15 am
Thu April 30, 2015

Final State Budget Provides Funding Source For Hoosier State Line

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Supporters of the Hoosier State Passenger Rail Line experienced some nervy moments in the final day of session after funding for the line was seemingly zeroed out of the budget.  

Previous budget versions included six million dollars specifically for the Hoosier State Line…but the version released late Tuesday night didn’t seem to include it anymore.  Senate budget architect Luke Kenley says, instead, he put the six million into a bigger pot of money controlled by the Department of Transportation.

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Education
6:02 am
Thu April 30, 2015

Lawmakers Approve Bill To Clarify State Board Makeup, Duties

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Indiana legislators finalized a contentious bill Wednesday night that changes the composition of the State Board of Education. 

Senate Bill 1 allows state Superintendent Glenda Ritz to keep her position as chair of the state board until the end of her current term in January 2017. After that, the board will elect a chair annually from among its ranks.

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Environment
5:48 am
Thu April 30, 2015

Report: Indiana’s Air Quality Improving But Still Needs Work

The report indicates Indiana has reduced the amount of long-term soot pollution in its air since last year.
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Indiana’s air quality is improving, but there’s still a lot of work to be done, according to an annual American Lung Association report released Wednesday.

The report indicates Indiana has reduced the amount of long-term soot pollution in its air since last year. Counties, though, are reporting more days that include a few hours of high soot levels and more days with high ozone levels—things they say can be dangerous to people’s health.

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Government
4:49 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

Pence, Bosma, Long Still Negotiating Budget As Deadline Approaches

The budget deal that looked settled Tuesday was still in flux Wednesday afternoon.
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The budget deal announced last night isn‘t final yet. Governor Pence spent about 40 minutes behind closed doors with House and Senate leaders and legislative and administration fiscal analysts today working out the final numbers.

House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) says the last-minute snags aren‘t significant -- he says there will be changes to what he calls "limitations and line items" that came to light after the administration and other stakeholders were able to read through the entire 250-page document. He says the broad outlines of the bill will remain the same.

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