Brandon Smith

IPBS Statehouse Reporter

Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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Business
4:37 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Statehouse Committee Begins Look At State's Business Tax Climate

The Council on State Taxation's Fred Nicely, who says Indiana doesn't burden its businesses too much with taxes.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Indiana’s Senate budget leader says the legislature needs to focus more on the tax climate for all Hoosiers, not just businesses. 

A study from the Council on State Taxation reports that Indiana’s tax burden on businesses is the lowest of any of its neighbors.  It’s also among the ten lowest in the country. 

The Council’s Senior Tax Counsel Fred Nicely says the one area Indiana could improve is its business personal property tax.

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General News
3:46 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

7th Circuit Stays Gay Marriage Ban Decision Again

The decision leaves the fate of Indiana's married same-sex couples squarely in the hands of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Credit Jeton Bajrami / https://www.flickr.com/photos/jeton/14334409112

Same-sex couples in Indiana still aren’t able to get married as a federal appeals court continued to freeze the effects of its ruling striking down the state’s gay marriage ban until the U.S. Supreme Court can weigh in on the issue. 

When a federal district court judge ruled in June that Indiana’s ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals halted that ruling until it could hear the case. 

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Elections & Politics
5:14 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Evan Bayh Won't Run For Governor In 2016

The former governor and senator does say he'd help a Hillary Clinton presidential run in two years, though.
Credit courtesy Evan Bayh

Former U.S. Senator Evan Bayh says the growing partisan divide in Indiana is the reason for his decision not to make another bid for the governor’s mansion in 2016. 

Bayh’s continued popularity in the state Democratic Party, combined with a still-robust campaign war chest, fueled speculation about a run for governor in two years. 

But Bayh says while he has big ideas for the state, he has to consider his ability to get those ideas implemented, given the state’s political realities.

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Government
4:05 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

August Was Another Down Month For Indiana Revenue

Income tax collection shortfalls accounted for nearly half the amount by which the state missed its target in August.
Credit Keith Cooper / https://www.flickr.com/photos/cooperweb/8363160192

Indiana’s tax collections continue to struggle in the early part of the fiscal year. 

Indiana collected about $28 million less in taxes than expected in August, putting the state more than 1.5-percent below projections for the fiscal year that began just two months ago. 

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General News
8:39 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Bosma To Carry Ethics Bill

House Speaker Republican Brian Bosma
Credit Dan Goldblatt/WFIU

Citizen advocate groups are concerned Speaker Brian Bosma’s decision to sponsor a comprehensive ethics reform bill next session will weaken the reform’s potential strength. 

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