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2:59 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Separate Insurance May Be Required For Ride-Sharing Drivers

Credit Ian Forrester / https://www.flickr.com/photos/cubicgarden/14165596991/

Drivers for Uber and other ride-sharing apps will need separate insurance to drive in Indiana, under legislation set for final approval today.

Ride-sharing drivers currently face a catch-22: most of those companies provide insurance only once a passenger is in the car, but most auto insurers consider you a car for hire from the moment you accept a passenger and won‘t cover you. 

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Government
1:17 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Lawmakers Bearish On Regional Cities Initiative, Even As IEDC Pushes For It

The IEDC has posted a note on its website asking people to push their lawmakers for more Regional Cities Initiative money.
Credit Indiana Economic Development Corporation

Legislative leaders say an aggressive push by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation likely won’t influence final negotiations over how much money to put into the governor’s Regional Cities Initiative. 

The governor’s proposed budget puts $42 million a year towards the IEDC project.  The House and Senate scaled that back to $10 million a year. 

As the session nears its end, the IEDC is strongly urging lawmakers to pump more money into the initiative. 

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Government
5:14 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Legislators: Revenue Decrease Likely Won't Affect Budget Surplus

Lawmakers had said for weeks they'd wait until an April budget forecast to put the finishing touches on the budget.
Credit Keith Cooper / https://www.flickr.com/photos/cooperweb/8363160192

With only three days left in session, lawmakers are crafting a final version of the budget, and doing so with less money than they’d planned. 

Senate Leader David Long (R-Fort Wayne) and House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) both say money for K-12 education is safe – the $466 million increase in both House and Senate budgets will remain intact. 

And Long says they’re standing firm on maintaining a strong budget reserve.

“I think it’s important to do that given our recent memories of how tough it was when the recession hit,” Long says.

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Government
6:00 am
Sat April 25, 2015

Lawmakers Could Support More Needle Exchanges, As Long As They Fight Drug Use

GOP leaders see it as an opportunity to fight drug use in a new way.
Credit Gretchen Frazee / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Legislative leaders say they‘re open to expanding an emergency needle-exchange program in Scott County to other parts of the state, as long as it goes beyond needles.

Senate President David Long (R-Fort Wayne) says legislators are working to expand a House-passed needle-exchange bill to incorporate provisions for HIV testing, drug treatment and enforcement. Long says it’d be a step toward combating drug runners who use Indiana as a storefront for their products.

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Government
3:03 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Crawfordsville Prepares For Stellar Communities Grant Vetting

Barton plans to use the Stellar money to improve the downtown Crawfordsville area.
Credit J. Stephen Conn

Crawfordsville officials are preparing for the state to send people to vet the city’s Stellar Communities grant application. The city was named a finalist earlier this month and now Mayor Todd Barton (R) and other leaders are formulating a presentation to make their case in more detail.

Because Crawfordsville is losing younger citizens, Barton plans to use the Stellar money to enhance the city’s downtown. His proposal centers on what he calls a “fusion center” – bringing like-minded people and groups together to enhance collaboration and efficiency.

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