budget cuts

Indiana stands to lose out if Congress approves proposed budget cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency, says environmentalists, scientists, EPA staffers, and Indiana residents.

The cuts could affect drinking water infrastructure, burden the state’s environmental regulatory agency, and hinder efforts to clean up industrial toxic waste sites.

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When Purdue University hosted its annual “Road School” conversations on infrastructure earlier this month, it enlisted President Mitch Daniels to proctor a conversation with one of his successors – current governor Eric Holcomb.

On this edition of WBAA’s Monthly Conversation with Mitch Daniels, we ask how often those sorts of talks happen between the current and former leaders of Indiana.

Also: President Daniels appeared on an Indianapolis talk show just before President Trump gave his first address to a joint session of Congress.

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Representative Todd Rokita (R-4th) defended his proposed change to school lunch funding at Wednesday’s State Board of Education Meeting as a way to save the federal government money.

Today, schools can give everyone free lunch if four out of 10 students qualify for it. Supporters of that law say it can take more money to determine who qualifies for free lunch than it does to make lunch free for everyone.

Rokita has proposed a law to limit the number of schools that can offer the program.

Purdue University

On the campus of a Research One university, there’s a lot of scientific debate.

But recently, Purdue’s president – who’s not a scientist – took a stand against what he calls one of the most alarming pieces of pseudo-science affecting Americans today – genetically modified food.

On this month’s conversation with Mitch Daniels, we ask why he’s so riled up about it and whether, when the rich head of a company that makes GMOs sits on your Board of Trustees, there’s a conflict of interest that should prevent such statements.