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Leslie Bonilla Muñiz

Leslie Bonilla Muñiz

Leslie covers state government for the Indiana Capital Chronicle with emphases on elections, infrastructure and transportation. She previously covered city-county government for the Indianapolis Business Journal. She has also reported on local, national and international news for the Chicago Tribune, Voice of America and more. She holds an undergraduate degree in journalism from Northwestern University.

Nonprofit executive Tim Smith joins 3rd Congressional District race

By: - August 1, 2023

Nonprofit CEO Tim Smith on Wednesday launched his campaign for Indiana’s Third Congressional District, running as a Republican with decidedly conservative messaging. The district covers the state’s northeast corner. “In Congress, I will put a stop to the radical left’s agenda that is threatening the very freedoms that we value as Americans. I’ll fight for […]

Judge denies injunction against elementary school ban on ‘human sexuality’ education

By: - July 31, 2023

Elementary school teacher Kayla Smiley will begin a new academic year with Indianapolis Public Schools on July 31. And she’ll do it in accordance with a new state law that supporters say shields too-young children from sex education but that critics say could ban discussions about LGBTQ+ people in schools. That’s despite her efforts to […]

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A little-known nonprofit boosts Indiana’s economic development agency

By: - July 31, 2023

Outside organizations donated nearly $3 million to a state economic development agency’s nonprofit arm over the last three years — but who the donors are, and how the agency spends their contributions are largely unknown under state rules that either don’t require or outright prohibit disclosure of that information. The groups behind all but two […]

mental health

‘I am currently suffering’: Most employers aware of staff mental health struggles, survey says

By: - July 28, 2023

Almost two-thirds of Hoosier employers knew they had employees struggling with mental health last year, according to a Wellness Council of Indiana survey released Thursday — but just a quarter trained management on how to spot the signs and take action. The nonprofit, a subsidiary of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, also found that less […]

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Candidate Hill would ditch equity office launched after Floyd protests

By: - July 24, 2023

Republican gubernatorial candidate Curtis Hill says he’d get rid of Indiana’s Office of Equity, Inclusion and Opportunity if elected — calling it “pandering” and a “drain” on resources in a Monday news release. Hill also said he wanted to “eliminate all” such “state-funded programs,” although this particular office is funded by CenterPoint Energy’s charitable arm. […]

utilities

Hoosiers $46 million in debt to state’s biggest utilities

By: - July 24, 2023

Indiana residents owed $45.6 million to the state’s “big five” investor-owned utilities in March, the most recent month for which complete data is available — with thousands among them cut off from service. Fewer were reconnected. That’s according to data reported to Indiana’s Office of Utility Consumer Counselor, current as of June 30, under a […]

compliance fund

Dentists and state regulators at odds over compliance fund spending

By: - July 21, 2023

Indiana dentists and hygienists have for a decade paid a $20 compliance fee every other year as part of license renewals. But that changes this year, after a long-simmering dispute between dentists and state regulators boiled over, sparking a state investigation and legislation. Lawmakers created a dental compliance fund in 2011 to pay for investigations […]

Indiana lawmaker participates in White House child care policy session

By: - July 19, 2023

State Rep. Carey Hamilton, a Democrat representing Indianapolis, joined lawmakers from across the country Wednesday at a White House discussion of state-level child care policy. “Affordable child care strengthens families by freeing up income for needs such as quality food and secure housing and it strengthens our economy by growing a critical component of our […]

gop haul

Top GOP gubernatorial contenders haul in donations

By: - July 18, 2023

Three top GOP candidates for Indiana governor far out-raised their fellow hopefuls in semi-annual campaign finance reports released Monday, with U.S. Sen. Mike Braun recording the largest haul. Fort Wayne businessman Eric Doden and Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch — both Republicans — remained relatively close behind, while Democrat Jennifer McCormick led the pack of non-GOP […]

lawsuits

Settlement reached in Sen. Tyler Johnson malpractice case

By: - July 17, 2023

An Indiana senator’s medical malpractice case involving the 2018 death of a young woman has an “agreed resolution,” according to court records. Sen. Tyler Johnson, a Republican from Leo, Indiana, is an ER physician. The case predates his election in November 2022. Allen Superior Court Judge Andrew S. Williams in May ordered the parties to […]

Consumer advocates request investigation into long AES storm outages

By: - July 12, 2023

State and nonprofit utility consumer advocates have asked state regulators to investigate AES Indiana after a recent storm left some customers without power for nearly a week. The utility primarily serves the Indianapolis area. The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC) and Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana filed the petition with the Indiana Utility Regulatory […]

Holcomb taps budget office to fill tax court vacancy

By: - July 11, 2023

Indiana Office of Management and Budget senior official Justin McAdam will be the state’s next tax court judge, Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Tuesday. McAdam is the office’s deputy director and its chief legal counsel. “Justin’s vast knowledge of the law combined with his deep conviction to do what’s fair and just have been proven time […]