Government

Government
6:02 am
Fri July 25, 2014

State Halts Healthy Indiana Plan Enrollment

The state will still process pending enrollments, but won't take new customers for the time being.
Credit Kreg Steppe / https://www.flickr.com/photos/spyndle/535493117

Indiana is cutting off enrollment in the Healthy Indiana Plan after the program reached this year’s funding limit.

When the federal government reauthorized HIP, the health insurance program for low-income Hoosiers, last year, it required Indiana to lower the income eligibility ceiling from 200-percent of poverty – about $47,000 a year for a family of four – to 100-percent – roughly $23,000 dollars a year. 

The state pays for the program through the tobacco tax, limiting its size to a monthly average of 45,000 people. 

Read more
Government
2:34 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Ask The Mayor: Crawfordsville's Todd Barton

Crawfordsville's mayor says there's likely to be a lull in seven-day-a-week rail travel as the state grapples with funding the Hoosier State line.
Credit courtesy Crawfordsville mayor's office

Crawfordsville’s mayor says he believes Amtrak’s Hoosier State rail line will cease operation in October unless the state – not just the cities along the route – kicks in more money.

Read more
Government
11:10 am
Wed July 23, 2014

As Appeals Courts Differ On Obamacare Exchanges, Pence Says Indiana Got It Right

One appeals court panel says those buying healthcare from the federal exchange can't take subsidies to pay for it, another rejects that argument.
Credit Healthcare.gov

Governor Mike Pence says he stands by his decision not to operate a state-run health insurance exchange under the Affordable Care Act. 

Two federal appeals courts Tuesday ruled on cases involving insurance subsidies in the Affordable Care Act.  A Washington D.C. circuit court ruled that the federal government cannot provide subsidies for more than four million Americans—including more than 100,000 Hoosiers-- who purchased insurance through federally-run healthcare exchanges. 

Just a few hours later, an appeals court in Virginia ruled in favor of the Obama administration. 

Read more
Government
7:14 am
Tue July 22, 2014

State Unveils News Transparency Website

The website tracks how the state spends its money and whether it's getting good returns on its investments.
Credit State of Indiana

The governor’s office has unveiled a new website aiming to improving transparency and accountability in state government -- a one-stop shop for Hoosiers keeping tabs on state agencies’ performance.

The state’s previous transparency portal earned Indiana the title of most transparent state government site by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, a consumer watchdog organization. 

Read more
Government
1:34 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

As State Posts Strong Balance Sheet, Democrats Decry GOP 'Bloodlust' For Tax-cutting

The state has more than $2 billion in its rainy day fund.
Credit Keith Cooper / https://www.flickr.com/photos/cooperweb/8363160192

Despite tax revenues that struggled for much of the fiscal year, Indiana closes its book with a surplus of more than $100 million and reserves topping $2 billion.  But Democrats say the state is hoarding money to make its bottom line look good.

Going into the final month of the fiscal year, Indiana was about $50 million short of expectations.  But a strong June helped the state end the year about $13 million above projected levels. 

Read more
Government
4:51 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

State's New Transportation Ventures Could Cost $10 Billion

Some suggestions for INDOT's priority list include new highways in Central and Northwest Indiana and road lanes which automatically recharge batteries of electric cars.
Credit Jimmy Emerson / https://www.flickr.com/photos/auvet/7974506488

A blue ribbon panel studying Indiana’s future transportation needs laid out this week the state’s top road project priorities.  The task now is to figure out how to pay for them.

The panel recommended four priorities for road construction projects – widening I-65 and I-70, building an I-69 Ohio River bridge and creating a commerce connector around Indianapolis. 

The panel did not include specific funding recommendations, though co-chair Cathy Langham says it does suggest developing some sort of user fee system.

Read more
Government
2:50 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

State Won't Recognize Gay Marriages Issued Last Month

Hundreds of marriages have been invalidated -- at least temporarily -- but there is one union that will be recognized.
Credit Jeton Bajrami / https://www.flickr.com/photos/jeton/14334409112

Indiana will not recognize same sex marriages performed between a federal judge’s ruling striking down the state’s gay marriage ban and an appeals court order halting that decision. 

Federal judge Richard Young ruled Indiana’s ban on same sex marriage unconstitutional in an order handed down late last month.  Two days later, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a stay of that ruling, halting its effects. 

Read more
Government
3:19 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Lawmakers Fix Mistakes In Two Bills

Lawmakers didn't have time to fix the bills before they vacated the Statehouse at the end of this year's session.
Credit Jim Nix / https://www.flickr.com/photos/jimnix/5039079018

The Indiana General Assembly Tuesday made small tweaks to legislation passed earlier this year before it takes effect in July. 

Lawmakers and prosecutors discovered technical errors in the criminal code overhaul bill as the 2014 session drew to a close -- too late to fix the mistakes before the legislature adjourned. 

Read more
Government
3:07 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Pence Offers Little Explanation For FSSA Head's Ouster

Minott took the top job at the FSSA in February of 2013.
Credit Brandon Smith / IPBS

Governor Mike Pence is offering little explanation about the pending departure of Family and Social Services Secretary Debra Minott. 

In a statement released Monday, Minott said she would be transitioning out of her role within a month or two and would work with Governor Pence to ensure that transition is orderly. 

In a separate statement, Pence simply thanked Minott for her service, while his office cited a desire to change direction at the agency as the reason for the move.  A day later, Pence was saying the same thing.

Read more
Government
1:28 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Clinton, Montgomery Among Nine More Counties Slated To Receive Winter Weather Aid

Although nine more Indiana counties will get assistance, there are still more than 20 whose request has been denied.
Credit Mike Savage / WBAA Radio

3:45 p.m. Update:

Montgomery and Clinton Counties are among a list of nine Indiana counties whose appeal for federal winter weather funding have been approved.

Governor Mike Pence had asked federal administrators to reconsider the applications of about 30 counties that indicated the cold, snowy winter sapped their emergency preparedness budgets more than planned.

Read more

Pages