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Legislators' quest for money for road maintenance may be the death knell for Indiana's automatic tax rebate.

Governor Mitch Daniels pushed through the law in 2011 giving taxpayers money back if the state surplus grew beyond 12.5-percent of spending.

The next year, Daniels' last as governor, the state cleared that threshold, and Hoosiers received $111 per taxpayer in 2013.

Governor Pence's road plan includes $240 million from the surplus, leaving the state an 11.5-percent reserve.

Middlebury Senator Carlin Yoder Won't Seek Reelection

Nov 19, 2015
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Middlebury Senator Carlin Yoder has announced he won't run for a third term.

Yoder says the long drive from northern Indiana leaves him away from his family too much. He says he's got two kids playing basketball, and he and his wife are in the midst of adopting their fifth child.

“We have four kids, three still at home, and we’re in the middle of adopting another child who is not an infant, so a little older, and I’m three hours away from the Statehouse,” Yoder says.

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The Senate Wednesday narrowly approved a bill eliminating the state’s common construction wage after senators spent more than three hours over the past two days debating the issue of repealing Indiana’s minimum wage for construction workers on public projects.

Opponents of the bill such as Sen. Karen Tallian (D-Portage) note that the common wage helps support job training programs and ensures public projects are properly built by well-trained, highly paid workers.

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For the second year in a row, the Senate shot down a bill regulating Indiana’s high-fenced deer hunting preserves.

The legality of the state’s high-fenced hunting facilities has been the subject of legislative debate and court proceedings for a decade.

This year’s legislation would have limited the industry to the four existing preserves and imposed significant regulation.

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Legislation regulating people who manufacture and sell liquids used in e-cigarettes took a step closer to the governor’s desk Tuesday. Its Senate sponsor says the bill tries to find a middle ground in regulating a new industry.

The manufacturing of e-liquids, also called vaping liquids, is largely unregulated by the state.

Legislation approved by the Senate would impose bottling and labeling requirements, including the use of child-proof safety caps, create a licensing system, and require stringent security measures.

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Governor Pence is dissolving his education agency, the Center for Education and Career Innovation. The news came as a surprise to many in the education field because “CECI”, as it's called, was the governor’s brainchild.

Since its creation last year, CECI has overseen staff for the State Board of Education, the group responsible for creating policies that affect thousands of students across the state.

But some people aren’t sure whether this move is enough to help board members cooperate and accomplish their goals.

Lawmakers in the Indiana General Assembly have formed a small business caucus they say will help connect with the state’s small business owners on a more personal level. 

Senator Carlin Yoder (R-Middlebury) is the owner of a small business and the co-chair of the newly-formed Small Business Caucus in the General Assembly.  He says he helped start the caucus because he thought lawmakers take for granted that small businesses would be well-represented in the Statehouse, considering many legislators are small business owners themselves.

The Indiana Senate Wednesday narrowly passed legislation expanding the state’s school voucher program. The bill passed 27 to 23, with ten Republicans joining all 13 Democrats voting against it. Senator Ron Alting (R-Lafayette) was one of the ten voting against it.

Lawmakers are considering legislation that would place stricter limits on how much ephedrine and pseudoephedrine is bought and sold in the state.  Those drugs are two of the key ingredients used in methamphetamine production.

Under current law, people are only allowed to buy up to 7.2 grams of ephedrine and pseudoephedrine per month.  Legislation proposed by Senator Carlin Yoder (R-Middlebury) would also cap sales at 72 grams per year – essentially allowing Hoosiers to buy 10 months worth of the drugs in a single year.

Indiana Becomes a Right-To-Work State

Feb 1, 2012

Indiana is now the 23rd Right-To-Work state in the country.

The Senate signed off on the bill Wednesday just two days after it was approved in the House.

Governor Mitch Daniels put the final stamp on the measure.  He signed it into law Wednesday afternoon.

Bill sponsor Carlin Yoder says despite challenges in getting the bill through, he thinks it’s the right move for the state.

The law prohibits unions and companies from requiring dues from non-members.

The Senate passed the measure by a 28-to-22 vote.  Nine Republicans joined Democrats in opposing it.

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