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Researchers say a flat fee on electric vehicles won’t help solve declining road funding revenues, like those faced here in the state. 

Electric vehicles don’t pay into road funding the same way traditional vehicles do because they don’t pay fuel taxes. 

So, some states have imposed flat registration fees of $100-200 on electric vehicles. 

But IUPUI professor Jerome Dumortier says his study shows that plug-in vehicles account for, at most, only about 1.5-percent of the decline in fuel taxes.  And he notes that a flat fee is economically inefficient.

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The state is looking for small towns in need of some rebranding to apply for the Hometown Collaboration Initiative, now in its third year.

The program tries to help communities of fewer than 25,000 residents revitalize their economies.

 

In their first two years, Hometown Collaboration coaches helped train local leaders and plan new amenities in 10 small towns and counties.

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The ACLU of Indiana says it has no issue with Indiana University joining its lawsuit against the state over controversial anti-abortion legislation.

But the Indiana Attorney General’s office wants to block IU’s action.

The ACLU, on behalf of Planned Parenthood, filed suit last month seeking to block legislation that bans abortions performed solely because of a fetus’ potential disability, gender or race. 

Indiana University also wants to challenge the law, specifically, a section that criminalizes the receiving of fetal tissue. 

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Some Indiana Senate lawmakers are hoping for a study committee that will focus on a program to reduce food deserts.

First, they must convince legislative leaders to direct a committee to examine a potential program to make fresh food more accessible.

Republican Senator Randy Head, R-Logansport, authored a bill last session to reduce food deserts, or areas where fresh food accounts for less than 10 percent of accessible and available food.

Donnelly Proposes Penalties For Companies That Outsource Jobs

May 20, 2016
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Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly is introducing policies that he says will deter American companies from outsourcing jobs to foreign countries. 

The recommendations come as Indiana-headquartered Carrier Corp. and United Technologies Electronic Controls are moving more than 2,000 jobs from Indiana to Mexico.

Donnelly hasn’t written a bill to dissuade companies from moving jobs overseas. 

Instead, he’s written policy recommendations that he sent to the Senate Finance Committee.  He says it’s faster.

Indiana Lawmakers Differ Over Federal Transgender Guidelines

May 20, 2016
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The recent federal directive that says schools should allow transgender students equal access to bathrooms has come under fire from an Indiana congressman.

U.S. Representative Luke Messer filed legislation Wednesday to block the directive. He says rules regarding bathroom access should originate locally.

But lawmakers across the state have searched for their own answers and reached varying conclusions.

Democratic State Representative Ed DeLaney, of Indianapolis, says the idea of transgender students is nothing new.

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Citizen advocacy groups want the Indiana Supreme Court to reconsider its ruling in a case involving the House Republican caucus and the state’s public records law.

The groups filed a lawsuit last years to gain access to emails between a House Republican lawmaker and utility companies.

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An Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis study of California’s prison realignment – directing more offenders into probation, community corrections and local jails – shows no significant impact on public safety.  

But some Indiana experts say it's too soon to conclude whether similar reforms in the Hoosier State will have the same effect. 

California’s Realignment Act was passed in 2011. 

A study led by IUPUI professor Jody Sundt looked at crime rates in the three years following its passage.  

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 The Indiana Department of Correction says it has reached a milestone by enrolling thousands of released offenders in HIP 2.0 and Medicaid.  

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Indiana tax collections last month fell short of projections and dropped the state below expectations with two months left in the fiscal year. 

Indiana has fallen short of expected tax collection amounts for two consecutive months after April revenues were $39 million less than projected. 

Both sales and individual income taxes fell short of the mark, with corporate income taxes the lone bright spot for the month. 

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