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 … Continue reading

Long cuts short Pence’s chance to run for 2 offices

The Journal Gazette
Niki Kelly
1/6/15

INDIANAPOLIS – A legislative effort to allow Gov. Mike Pence to run for both governor and president in 2016 was short-lived, as Senate President Pro Tem David Long, on Tuesday “parked” the bill in Senate Rules Committee to die. “You need to make up your mind,” Long, of Fort Wayne said. “Choose the job you are going to run for.” Under current law, Pence would not be allowed to be on the ballot for two offices at once. Long said when he ran for State Senate he did not seek re-election to the Fort Wayne City Council because he felt the public had a right to pick who would serve. “I feel very strongly our laws are just fine the way they are,” he said. “Our leaders have chosen for years. If they want to run for an office it’s a decision they have to make. They’ll have to let somebody else take their place. I think that’s the best system.” Earlier in the day, Pence said he did not know of the bill – filed by Sen. Mike Delph, R-Carmel – until he read a newspaper account… (more)

Gov. Mike Pence proposes expanding vouchers and charter schools

Tony Cook and Stephanie Wang IndyStar.com, 12/4/14 Indiana’s school voucher program is already the broadest in the nation — and now Gov. Mike Pence wants to provide even more money for vouchers. In announcing his legislative agenda Thursday, Pence said … Continue reading

Potholes widen as (Indiana) struggles to pay for roads: Needs $7 billion in next 10 years

Maureen Hayden, News and Tribune CNHI Statehouse Bureau Chief 12/8/14 INDIANAPOLIS — Jim Meece, a commissioner in rural Parke County, was happy when the Legislature funneled about $100 million extra a year into road funds last year. The money didn’t … Continue reading