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4:13 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

State Revenue Forecast Stable, But Gambling And Smoking Cash Evaporating

Governor Pence says he wants to use the state's revenue picture to push for more education initiatives.
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Indiana’s gaming revenue has been in free fall for a few years, and it’s predicted to continue its drop in the upcoming two-year budget cycle. 

That’s in large part because of increased competition from neighboring states. 

A legislative study committee is proposing changes to the industry that include moving riverboats on land, allowing live dealers rather than electronic table games at racinos, and tax incentives. 

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Government
2:44 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Ask The Mayor: Frankfort's Chris McBarnes

Can billboards entice people to move to Frankfort? Mayor McBarnes hopes so.
Credit City of Frankfort

So much in city government revolves around money. If a city is flush with it, almost magical things can happen.

If, like Frankfort and many other municipalities, a city doesn’t have enough, it has to choose which to refurbish: city parks or city hall.

On this week's show, we ask how Frankfort will make that choice and where it might get more cash to make the decisions easier.

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Government
5:08 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

New Group Will Push For Non-Partisan Redistricting

Groups that advocate "good government" say gerrymandering in states such as Indiana has led to shrinking voter turnout figures.
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Indiana’s voter turnout in the last election was the lowest in its history and the worst in the country.  Common Cause Indiana’s Julia Vaughn says that’s in part because voters don’t have enough choices, noting that 44 out of the 100 state Representatives ran unopposed.

“A lot of people are waking up that redistricting reform is something that we need to do here in Indiana to really revive our democracy, breathe some life back into it,” Vaughn says.

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Government
3:35 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Panels Examines What Ethics Changes State Government Needs

A former state lawmaker and a Kentucky ethicist weighed in on the matter Friday.
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Ethics experts and former lawmakers say ethics reform must be rooted in a creating a culture of values in government. 

Controversies over the past year involving a House lawmaker, an INDOT official and the former State Superintendent spurred a call for reform from the legislature. 

Citizen advocacy groups such as Common Cause Indiana, which organized a panel discussion at the Statehouse Friday, have long stressed a need for robust reform. 

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Government
12:57 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Ask The Mayor: Lafayette's Tony Roswarski

The mayor says he'll push the state legislature not to restrict cities' use of TIF districts for economic development.
Credit Lafayette Mayor's Office

Cold weather conjures many seasonal thoughts in Lafayette: everything from buying holiday gifts to road work.

We address some of those topics on this week's Ask The Mayor with Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski, wherein we’ll also try to forecast the legislative session. Is there enough money in the budget for Lafayette – and does that money have strings for city officials?

Also in the first month of the legislative session, the state hits a deadline to decide if it’s going to keep Amtrak service running through Lafayette.

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