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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.

House Republicans to push retiree 13th check, antisemitism bills

By: - January 9, 2024

Indiana’s House Republican caucus — 70 strong — will prioritize legislation boosting retirement benefits for public employees and banning antisemitism in public educational institutions, alongside bills on job training and administrative law. Democrats, meanwhile, focused on accountability. Conversations humming in the House Chamber on Monday quieted as Speaker Todd Huston stepped up to a lectern […]

61 Hoosier children dead of abuse or neglect, report says

By: - January 5, 2024

The Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) found that 61 children in 2022 died as a direct result of caregiver maltreatment, according to a report released late December 2023. That’s up one fatality from 2021. DCS reviews fatalities of children under age 3 whose deaths were sudden, unexpected or unexplained. The agency investigates all allegations […]

Child care legislation coming, but pricey ideas iffy

By: - January 2, 2024

Indiana lawmakers expect to file and advance significant child care legislation during the upcoming session, after years of advocacy from Hoosier parents, child care providers and worker-strapped businesses. But it’s unclear how ideas with price tags will fare in a non-budget year, with leaders intent on keeping the state’s coffers firmly shut. Sen. Ed Charbonneau, […]

Advocates hope to use map, grant to reduce conflict over solar, wind siting

By: - December 22, 2023

As Indiana prepares to bring thousands of megawatts of utility-scale wind and solar energy online, environmentalists and educators hope to use new tools — mapping and grant-boosted education — to manage strife over where future projects go. “There is this (not-in-my-backyard)-ism out there. But it’s not necessarily because of wind and solar energy; it’s because […]

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Community Health Network to pay $345 million in federal settlement

By: - December 20, 2023

Indianapolis-based Community Health Network has agreed to pay the United States a whopping $345 million to settle decade-old allegations that it submitted fraudulent claims to Medicare, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday. The U.S. alleged that, in 2008 and 2009, Community leadership began recruiting physicians — many of them specialists — to get their […]

‘Get your house in order’: Lawmakers admonish gambling regulation agency, which defends processes

By: - December 20, 2023

Key Republican lawmakers on Tuesday scolded the Indiana Gaming Commission (IGC) over how it levies fines and more — threatening to take legislative action if changes aren’t made. The agency, meanwhile, said it has abided by its rules and statutes and listed accomplishments. “It appears that the ideology is because casinos are profitable in Indiana, […]

Holcomb celebrates income tax exemption for Hoosier national guard soldiers, military

By: - December 18, 2023

Indiana’s 12,000 national guard soldiers won’t owe state income taxes on military pay beginning this tax season — a move approved in the spring but which Gov. Eric Holcomb lauded anew on Monday. “By completely phasing out state taxes on military veteran retirement in 2022 and eliminating the state income tax for Hoosier Guardsmen in […]

Sen. Andy Zay to propose fetal dependent income tax exemption

By: - December 13, 2023

State Sen. Andy Zay said Wednesday that he will introduce legislation considering fetuses dependent children — allowing expectant parents to claim an income tax exemption worth $2,500. Zay, who is running to represent Indiana’s Third Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, made the announcement in a campaign news release rather than from his […]

Hoosier economic policy improving slower than competitors, report says

By: - December 13, 2023

Indiana has improved on key economic development criteria in recent years, but has still fallen in national rankings, the influential Indiana Chamber of Commerce found in a report card Tuesday. The chamber in August released a vision for Indiana in 2035, with 31 goals for the state’s education, entrepreneurship, economic growth, energy and infrastructure, health, […]

Terre Haute casino set for spring opening, regulators say

By: - December 12, 2023

Indiana’s next casino — borne in an unsavory deal that’s already resulted in one guilty plea — is expected to open in spring 2024, according to the Indiana Gaming Commission. Construction is on track for an early April debut, Deputy Director Jenny Reske said Monday — although an associated hotel will open later. “We’ve made […]

Democrat Keith Potts drops out of U.S. Senate race

By: - December 11, 2023

Democrat Keith Potts on Monday announced he has ended his bid for U.S. Senate to pursue “new professional opportunities.” Candidates of numerous parties are competing to fill a seat left open by U.S. Sen. Mike Braun’s planned departure in favor of a gubernatorial run. Potts, an Indianapolis city-county councilor, launched his campaign in July. At […]

State tax collection slump continues

By: - December 11, 2023

Indiana's General Fund took in about $1.37 billion worth of taxes in November, but remained below expectations for a second straight month this fiscal year.