Whitney Downard

Whitney Downard

A native of upstate New York, Whitney previously covered statehouse politics for CNHI’s nine Indiana papers, focusing on long-term healthcare facilities and local government. Prior to her foray into Indiana politics, she worked as a general assignment reporter for The Meridian Star in Meridian, Mississippi. Whitney is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University (#GoBonnies!), a community theater enthusiast and cat mom.

Forecasts show additional money but slowing economy

By: - December 15, 2022

Indiana’s days of exponential economic growth and revenues exceeding forecasts may soon be over, according to newly updated forecasts presented before the State Budget Committee Thursday.  The good news from the presentation is that lawmakers will have roughly an additional $1.6 billion to spend when they draft a new two-year state budget But GOP leaders warn […]

Legislators skeptical as agencies outline their needs

By: - December 15, 2022

The Department of Child Services needs to increase rates for foster families and pay stipends for children in kinship care. More money is needed to develop a proposed 12,000 acre technology park in Boone County.  These requests for funding continued to filter in this week as the state begins drafting its two-year budget plan. Agencies […]

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Sen. Mike Braun formally announces governors run

By: - December 12, 2022

U.S. Sen. Mike Braun announced his campaign for governor in downtown Indianapolis Monday at a pricey steakhouse surrounded by supporters and donors, joining Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and Fort Wayne businessman Eric Doden in the 2024 race.  “I’m here today because I truly believe Indiana’s best days are before us,” Braun said. “… this state […]

Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch running for Governor

By: - December 12, 2022

Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch threw her hat into the ring for governor in 2024 Monday morning, putting an end to speculation and joining U.S. Sen. Mike Braun and Fort Wayne businessman Eric Doden in the race for the Republican nomination.  “I’m very proud of (the Gov. Eric Holcomb) administration and the work we’ve done in […]

Agency budget presentations document big needs

By: - December 9, 2022

Requests for funding are up across the board for state agencies in their budget presentations before the State Budget Committee this week, especially for personnel, construction costs and technology services. But key budget drafters have their concerns about whether the state can sustain those requests, especially when the forecast predicting the state’s revenues for the […]

Braun poll shows senator with sizable lead in 2024 governor’s race

By: - December 7, 2022

An internal poll for U.S. Sen. Mike Braun shows him with a sizable lead over two potential Republican competitors in the race for governor in 2024.  Political firm Mark It Red conducted the poll on behalf of the campaign, surveying 1,555 likely Republican voters in mid-November. According to a memo released by the campaign, Braun […]

Indiana nets $15.7M settlement with e-cigarette manufacturer

By: - December 6, 2022

As part of a multi-state settlement, Indiana will receive $15.7 million from JUUL Labs Inc., an e-cigarette manufacturer, over allegations that the business deliberately marketed its products to minors. Nationwide, most states’ minimum purchasing age for e-cigarettes is 21 — the federal requirement to receive substance abuse block grant funds. Just over a dozen states, […]

Hunger rises following expiration of Child Tax Credit

By: - December 6, 2022

The number of Hoosier children experiencing food insecurity increased following the expiration of the advanced Child Tax Credit and other pandemic relief measures earlier this year, according to those serving the state’s hungry. “As those supplemental resources came in, those were very vital to families and individuals… and so that did sustain many of them,” […]

Holcomb in hospital with pneumonia

By: - December 2, 2022

Gov. Eric Holcomb is in the hospital with pneumonia, according to a tweet from his office signed by his press secretary. “(Holcomb) went to the doctor Thursday afternoon thinking it was the flu, but he was diagnosed with pneumonia,” the tweet from Erin Murphy read. “Out of an abundance of caution he was admitted to […]

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House announces 2023 committee chairs

By: - December 2, 2022

House Speaker Todd Huston on Friday released the list of Republican chairs leading the  chamber’s committees for 2023, including a few newly appointment members following a slew of representative retirements last year. Eight committees will have new leaders in the upcoming session, not including one committee – Insurance and Financial Institutions – that will be […]

“Family glitch” fix makes insurance cheaper for some Hoosiers

By: - December 2, 2022

Open enrollment on the federal health insurance marketplace will soon have a fix for the “family glitch,” meaning that thousands of previously ineligible Hoosiers may now qualify for cheaper coverage.  The Indiana Department of Insurance (IDOI) didn’t have specific estimates for the number of Hoosiers who might be impacted by the change; an estimated 5.1 […]

Braun running for Governor in 2024

By: - November 30, 2022

Republican U.S. Sen. Mike Braun filed with the Secretary of State’s office Wednesday morning to form a campaign finance committee, launching his candidacy for governor in 2024.  “Mike Braun has filed his paperwork to run for governor and will be making an official announcement of his candidacy very soon,” Josh Kelley, Braun’s chief of staff […]