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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.

Indiana Capital Chronicle is part of States Newsroom, the nation’s largest state-focused nonprofit news organization.

Rokita: No “woke” ESG criteria allowed in pension investments

By: - September 2, 2022

Indiana and its investment managers can’t make government employee pension system investments based on environmental, social or governance criteria, Attorney General Todd Rokita wrote in an advisory opinion released Thursday. Under state law, Rokita said, those decisions can only take Indiana employees and retirees’ financial interests into account. “Woke big businesses are collaborating with their […]

Group asks agencies to reject Indiana’s $100 million EV charging plan

By: - September 1, 2022

A coalition of Black civil rights groups, nonprofits, business-owners and religious leaders called Wednesday on the federal government to reject Indiana’s plan for a $100 million-plus investment in the state’s electric vehicle charging network. “That plan must include all voices from the community, and especially the voices of those who have been underserved or overly […]

Abortion providers file lawsuit against Indiana’s near-total abortion ban

By: and - August 30, 2022

A group of Indiana abortion care providers on Tuesday filed a lawsuit in state court challenging Indiana’s near-total abortion ban that is set to take effect in just 16 days. The suit — filed in Monroe County Circuit Court by the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana on behalf of Planned Parenthood, Whole Women’s Health […]

Hoosier pay rising gas taxes

Holcomb waives fuel; work hours rules after oil refinery fire

By: - August 30, 2022

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb temporarily dropped several fuel regulations and work hour restrictions in an executive order Monday evening, aimed at limiting disruption to the state’s fuel supply following a fire last week at a BP oil refinery plant. The BP plant in Whiting, Indiana, is the United States’ sixth-largest refinery, according to the Indiana […]

Indiana’s death row: no drugs, no movement

By: - August 30, 2022

Eight men languish on Indiana’s death row as the state struggles to obtain the drugs needed to conduct an execution. Its longest resident has lived 29 years awaiting execution; its most recent addition has waited eight.  The de-facto moratorium on executions in Indiana has some prosecutors doubting that even a successful sentencing will be carried […]

Despite federal Covid-19 funding inaction, Indiana in good shape

By: - August 29, 2022

Congressional deadlock over anti-Covid-19 funding could jeopardize access to testing, treatment and vaccines — but Indiana’s own Covid-19 coffers remain flush. The state has 43% of its $1 billion-plus in grants left to spend, according to Indiana Department of Health data obtained by the Capital Chronicle. “Occasionally, we’re borrowing from one area to pay another […]

State lawmakers weigh cutting agency rulemaking powers

By: - August 25, 2022

A Republican-led summer study committee on Tuesday laid the groundwork for legislative recommendations proponents say will further oversight — though opponents believe the push will strip power from Indiana’s executive branch. “We’re using [House Bill 1100] as the basis to start a conversation,” said Administrative Rules Review Task Force Chair Rep. Steve Bartels, opening the […]

Indiana Chamber launches digital workforce-development hub

By: - August 24, 2022

The Indiana Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday launched an online hub, dubbed the Talent Resource Navigator, to connect individual Hoosiers and businesses to workforce education and career development resources. The website went live with nearly 550 entries for a range of programs and organizations — and the Chamber says there’s more to come. “Indiana needs […]

Indiana GOP nominates Rudy Yakym as Walorski replacement

By: - August 22, 2022

The Indiana Republican Party on Saturday nominated a longtime political ally of the late Rep. Jackie Walorski to run for her now-vacant seat in Indiana’s Second Congressional District. Rudy Yakym, a growth initiatives director at an Elkhart-based logistics company, will campaign to both complete Walorski’s current term — which ends January 3 — and earn […]

Abortion ban’s hospitals requirement will further curtail access

By: - August 22, 2022

Indiana’s new abortion-limiting law, set to go into effect on September 15, has been dubbed a near-total ban for its succinct list of narrow exceptions — but its requirement that legal abortions be done in hospitals will further flatten access, experts and abortion rights advocates say. The ban, set out in Senate Enrolled Act 1, […]

Indiana Dems to hold caucus for Second Congressional District special election

By: - August 19, 2022

The Indiana Democratic Party will hold a caucus Tuesday for the state’s Second Congressional District special election, the party announced Friday. The seat, covering South Bend and Elkhart, has been vacant since Republican Rep. Jackie Walorski’s traffic death earlier this month. “Democrats look forward to nominating a proven and honest leader who will work to […]

Holcomb defends abortion ban signing, rebuffs talent attraction fears

By: - August 18, 2022

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb on Wednesday defended his signing of a near-total abortion ban this month and brushed off fears of business and talent attraction consequences in the wake of ominous statements from major homegrown employers. “I have yet to hear — and maybe we never will — some [companies] might just fly over the […]