Local roads would miss out in Gov. Mike Pence’s $1 billion spending plan

(A Presidential Debate schedule and transcripts are here. – Admin.) IndyStar.com By Tony Cook 10/15/15 Gov. Mike Pence’s proposed $1 billion spending plan on highways over the next four years would represent an increase over current spending — but it leaves out a large portion of Indiana’s roads and bridges. That’s because the plan would only fund state-maintained highways and bridges. While those are generally the most traveled, they make up only about a third of the state’s transportation infrastructure. Counties and cities maintain most of the rest. But they would not receive … Continue reading

What you need to know about state and federal gas taxes

The main source of transportation funding — federal and state gas taxes — has not kept up with the need IndyStar.com By Maureen Groppe, Star Washington Bureau 9/7/15 WASHINGTON – Federal and state policymakers haven’t figured out how to deal with the fact that the main source of transportation funding — federal and state gas taxes — has not kept up with the need. The details: What is the federal gas tax? The federal government imposes an 18.4 cents-per-gallon tax on gasoline and a 24.4 cents-per-gallon tax on diesel fuel. … Continue reading

Transportation funding at a crossroads in Indiana, U.S.

The state is not collecting enough in gasoline taxes to adequately maintain its roads and bridges IndyStar.com By Maureen Groppe, Star Washington Bureau 9/7/15 WASHINGTON – Are you willing to spend $6.62 more a month in federal gasoline taxes to get the nation’s roads and bridges in good condition? How about spending $5.50 a month more just to keep transportation infrastructure from deteriorating below its current “D” rating? Or would you pay an extra $2.50 a month to get Indiana’s gas tax back to the buying power it had when the … Continue reading

Indiana’s got a problem: Too many teachers don’t want to work there anymore

The Washington Post By Valerie Strauss 8/13/15 Indiana’s got a problem: Teachers increasingly don’t want to work in the state anymore. The problem has become so acute that some school districts have have had a hard time finding enough teachers to cover classes for the new school year — and some lawmakers want a legislative committee to discuss the shortage. The percentage of all teachers getting a teaching license — including veterans — fell by more than 50 percent from 2009-10 to 2013-14 — and there was an 18.5 percent … Continue reading

Goshen, Indiana is a flashpoint in LGBT rights fight

Battle in small town signals upcoming statewide debate How a small Indiana city became a gay rights battleground IndyStar.com By Stephanie Wang 8/3/15 GOSHEN — In a cradle of conservatism about 150 miles northeast of Indianapolis, a powerful lobbyist stood up inside a church and declared Elkhart County the next political battleground in Indiana. What happens in Elkhart and Goshen with gay rights, he said, would set the stage for what could happen statewide. “You’re in the middle of this,” conservative lobbyist Eric Miller of Advance America told the Calvary … Continue reading

Jack Jordan launches campaign for District 17 of Indiana House

(District 17 includes all of Fulton County with the exception of Liberty and Union Townships and all of Marshall County. Candidate listing is here.– Admin.)

Jack Jordan launches campaign

The Rochester Sentinel
The Sentinel report
7/8/15

Republican Jack Jordan has launched his campaign for the District 17 Indiana House of Representative seat now held by Tim Harman, R-Bremen, who will not run for re-election.

Jordan describes his political philosophy as constitutional conservative, “built on a firm foundation of a solid Christian Worldview.”

When asked why he is running for the Indiana House seat representing Marshall and north Fulton counties, Jordan said, “Unfortunately, over time, even with its good intentions, an expanding government limits an individual’s freedom to pursue their dreams. I want to work with other conservatives to limit the government’s detrimental impact on our daily lives.”

Jordan is the seventh generation of his family to call Marshall County home. His wife, Hope, is a health care professional serving veterans’ needs. Jordan has two children. His daughter recently graduated from college and is beginning her teaching career. His son is studying engineering at Purdue University.

Jordan’s primary job is construction and rehabbing houses. In his non-construction work hours, he helps local businesses and serves several nonprofit organizations. He also served on the Bremen School Board for eight years and was president for most of that time.

As an adult, Jordan has been involved with missions. Most recently his travels have taken him to Romania and India where he has spent time working with orphans, pastors and church planting activities.

Jesse Bohannon announces candidacy (for District 17 of IN House of Representatives)

(District 17 includes all of Fulton County with the exception of Liberty and Union Townships and all of Marshall County. – Admin.) inkfreenews.com 5/20/15 Jesse Bohannon of Bremen has announced he is a candidate for the Republican nomination in district 17 in the Indiana House of Representatives. Bohannon is a lifelong conservative who boldly defends life, individual liberty and the free market. “Rep. Tim Harman has served our district well, and I am sad to see him retire from the House,” said Bohannon. “As a fellow conservative, I want to see his legacy of bold and responsive leadership continued.” Bohannon is looking forward … Continue reading

Indiana must find a way to deal with big issues

State must find a way to deal with big issues The Indianapolis Star By John Ketzenberger 5/10/15 It already seems like an eon has passed since the Indiana General Assembly called it quits on a tumultuous session just 10 days ago. Is it too soon to start looking ahead? The simple answer is no, there are a lot of important issues that should get more time and attention from lawmakers, including transportation funding, rationalizing the tax structure between local and state government, and ensuring the state’s tax revenue streams are … Continue reading

Crumbling roads creep up as issue, gas tax revenues keep falling

The Journal Gazette (Ft. Wayne, IN) By Niki Kelly 5/3/15 INDIANAPOLIS – Lawmakers tackled a lot of issues in 2015 but not the one plaguing Indiana’s roads, bridges and infrastructure: lack of money. Instead, that will be the primary focus in two years as legislators must find a sustainable way to pay for state and local road needs at a time when fuel efficiency is going up and revenue from gas taxes is stagnating. “Something that is overlooked is Indiana’s infrastructure is crumbling – almost to the point of becoming … Continue reading

The Ind’pls Star: “…more cities are considering their own protections of LGBT rights at the local level…”

HUMAN RIGHTS LAWS

Measures to protect locally are weak

Ordinances ‘lack teeth,’ are almost unenforceable, experts across state say

The Indianapolis Star
Stephanie Wang
4/5/15

In the absence of a state law banning discrimination against gays and lesbians — and in the explosive wake of Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act controversy — more cities are considering their own protections of LGBT rights at the local level.

Although Marion County and 10 other Hoosier communities already have local nondiscrimination ordinances that include sexual orientation, experts say such protections can be so weak that they are virtually unenforceable.
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