Governor Mitch Daniels

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Governor-elect Eric Holcomb has chosen Earl Goode as his administration’s chief of staff.

Holcomb says filling the chief of staff position is the most important decision he’ll make as governor-elect.

And he says Goode’s perspective on past accomplishments will help the team to move forward. 

“He brings with him unequaled qualifications, both in the private sector and in the public arena, having already served as a Chief of Staff to former Governor Mitch Daniels," Holcomb says. "His experience, his intellect, his insights will prove invaluable.”

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The Indiana Supreme Court Tuesday ruled that computer giant IBM did breach its contract with the state after former Gov. Mitch Daniels hired the firm to modernize Indiana’s welfare system. Both the state and IBM will receive damages after the court’s ruling

Gov. Daniels signed a ten-year contract worth more than $1 billion with IBM in 2006 to take over the state’s welfare system. 

Just three years later, Daniels cancelled the contract, citing what he said was a system plagued with problems.  The state and IBM sued each other, each seeking lost costs and damages. 

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Private schools are experiencing a surge in enrollment, in large part due to the state’s expanding voucher program. 

When the program first passed in 2011, supporters said funding private school tuition would give poor kids in failing schools options to get a better education.

But as StateImpact’s Indiana’s Claire McInerny explains, a new report shows that as the program enters its fifth year, the costs to taxpayers and students have dramatically changed. 

Energy Efficiency Bill Awaits Gov's Signature

Apr 8, 2015
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An energy efficiency plan requested by Governor Pence is on its way to his desk.

The Senate has given final approval to a bill requiring electric utilities to submit conservation plans to the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission every three years.

Senate Utilities Chairman Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) says by going through the IURC instead of an outside agency, the plan will be cheaper than the Energize Indiana plan implemented by former Governor Mitch Daniels – a program that was repealed by the legislature last year.

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For the second time in a week, a legislative committee has taken a step toward removing State Superintendent Glenda Ritz as chair of the State Board of Education.

The Senate Rules Committee voted 7-4 along political party lines for the bill late Monday which its sponsor, Sen. Travis Holdman (R-Markle) said would help end the friction between the only Democrat holding elective statewide office and a board made up of appointees from Republican governors.

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At the heart of the dispute between Indiana and computer giant IBM is whether the technology firm’s failures in the contract to modernize the state’s welfare system were enough to justify Indiana terminating the whole contract…and getting damages afterward. 

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The ongoing legal battle between the state and computer giant IBM will have its day in front of the Indiana Supreme Court Thursday. 

The state hired IBM in 2006 to modernize its welfare system, signing a ten-year contract worth $1.3 billion. 

But the shift from human case workers to greater automation was beset by reported problems, and three years later Governor Mitch Daniels canceled the contract. 

Courtesy Crawfordsville Mayor's Office

Some questions asked of the mayor this week:

You recently got back an assessment from a company in South Carolina assessing how ready the county is for economic development. Tell me your initial impressions of what the report says.

After already breaking the state’s record for job commitments in 2012, nine more companies have pledged to create more than 2,500 jobs over the new few years in locations around Indiana.

A recent New York Times report, cited by Indiana Economic Development Corporation CEO Dan Hasler during Tuesday’s announcement, showed Indiana offering the lowest economic and tax incentives to incoming businesses compared to neighboring states.  Hasler says Indiana wants to focus more on improving its overall business climate.

Gov. Daniels announces taxpayer refund amounts

Nov 21, 2012

Approximately 335,000 Hoosiers who would have owed the state taxes next year, should be getting money back instead. The reason is the automatic taxpayer refund.

Governor Mitch Daniels announced the amounts of the tax credit amounts Wednesday morning. Those are $111 for single tax filers and $222 for those filing a joint return.

Daniels says that means a 13% tax cut for the typical, single filer.

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