The Indiana Secretary of State’s Office is introducing new voter registration forms meant to reduce fraud. The new process is designed to make it easier for county clerks to enroll voters in election years.
During an election year, it’s common to find voter registration drives on college campuses and at community events encouraging people to register to vote. But sometimes the people collecting the registrations will hold onto them until right before the deadline, overwhelming county clerks with lots of last-minute paperwork.
An Indiana House Democrat says Governor Pence and Attorney General Zoeller have to back down from the state’s lawsuit over the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate.
That provision of the ACA requires employers with 50 or more employees who work at least 30 hours a week to provide health insurance or pay fines. Fifteen Indiana school corporations joined the state in filing a lawsuit against the IRS and other federal agencies. The suit says the employer mandate shouldn’t apply to state governments and public school corporations.
More than 900,000 Hoosiers on food stamps will see their benefits reduced next month. The cut could mean losing nearly a week’s worth of meals for a family of four.
The federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP benefits, commonly called food stamps, are given out based on family size. And beginning November 1, a one-person household will lose $11 a month and a family of four will lose $36 a month in benefits.
State tax revenues are more than $70 million below expectations through the first quarter of the fiscal year.
Indiana tax revenues are more than 2% below projections for the first three months of the 2014 fiscal year and nearly 1% lower than the same period last year. Sales tax revenues are $32 million below expectations, while individual income tax revenues fell $26 million short of the mark.
Governor Mike Pence expressed frustration with the federal government shutdown Friday, calling on the president and congressional leaders to find common ground.
Earlier this week, Pence made remarks that seemingly indicated he thought the government shutdown was worthwhile. On Friday, the governor said he was speaking broadly about efforts to repeal or delay the Affordable Care Act and that he’s disappointed in the shutdown. He also called out the Obama administration, saying the president needs to take the lead in working out a deal in Congress.
Indiana’s Democratic Party Chair says politicians in Washington need to stop pointing fingers and end the federal government shutdown.
John Zody’s comments came after Congressman Marlin Stutzman’s (R-IN3) remarks that House Republicans are not going to be disrespected in ongoing budget talks and that they have to, in his words, “get something out of this.” Stutzman released a statement Thursday saying he misrepresented the budget debate and that, despite his comments, it’s clear people want both parties to work to reopen the government and –quote – “stop Obamacare’s pain.”
A federal health insurance marketplace – a major portion of the Affordable Care Act – is about to become available to Hoosiers. The state is working to prepare its citizens for the start of the enrollment period, which is October 1.
Uninsured Hoosiers and those who pay for their own coverage, not through their employer, will have access to several private insurance options. And the state has set up a website to help guide residents.
State lawmakers are exploring whether Hoosier schools should be covered by the state’s Castle Doctrine – the law allowing people to use deadly force if their home is invaded. The statute says a person is allowed to use force – including deadly force – to protect themselves and their property if they believe they’re in danger.
A majority of Hoosiers say using a constitutional amendment to deal with same sex marriage is the wrong course according to a new poll released Tuesday. The poll is from a group opposing Indiana’s constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.
Freedom Indiana’s poll – conducted by former Mitch Daniels-pollster Christine Matthews – says 64% of Hoosiers don’t think amending the state constitution is the right way to deal with same sex marriage.