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Rokita consultant hired, but facing $18,000 in lobbyist registration fines

BY: - August 11, 2022

A conservative policy activist and consultant working on contract for Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita’s office was hired as a lobby-exempt, full-time employee after she mistakenly registered as a lobbyist for the wrong entity — but faces $18,000 in related fines. Erin Tuttle was nearly a year into her two-year, $200,000-maximum contract, which includes “Contractor […]

New test scores show Hoosier third graders slightly improved, but reading skills still lacking

BY: - August 10, 2022

Nearly one in five Hoosier third graders this past spring did not master foundational reading skills, according to new standardized test results released Wednesday. While Indiana’s younger students have improved, the test results still lag behind pre-pandemic reading fluency.  New data reveals 81.6% out of the 65,000 third graders at public and private schools in […]

Republicans in Congress line up behind Trump after he says FBI searched Mar-a-Lago

BY: - August 10, 2022

Republicans in Congress fumed Tuesday in reaction to former President Donald Trump’s Monday evening statement that the FBI executed a search warrant at Mar-a-Lago, his home in Palm Beach, Florida. Democrats had little to say Tuesday about the apparent search, though some defended the execution of justice regardless of a person’s political power. The massive publicity […]

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Pandemic-hit homeowners say state program saved houses: “It should be on a billboard”

BY: - August 10, 2022

John Bauer’s salvation came as a phone call. The Porter County resident had been out of work since the pandemic first blasted into the Chicago area, where he’d worked as a tile-setter. Bauer said he resisted applying for unemployment benefits, but folded as the pandemic dragged longer.  Illinois ended its federally enhanced unemployment benefits in […]

Indiana governor calls special election to replace U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski

BY: - August 9, 2022

Indiana’s governor on Tuesday formally called a special election to fill the congressional seat made vacant after U.S. Representative Jackie Walorski, R-2nd, was killed last week in a car crash. The special election to complete Walorski’s unexpired term will be held concurrently with the general election on Nov. 8, according to Gov. Eric Holcomb’s executive […]

Hoosiers will see mailed tax refund checks as early as next week

BY: - August 9, 2022

Hoosiers who still haven’t received their $125 Automatic Taxpayer Refund can expect to see checks in a matter of weeks, state officials said. Folks across the state should also see the $200 payment approved during the special legislative session arrive soon, too. After a paper shortage delayed the first round of checks by several weeks, […]

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Anti-Common Core activist failed to register as lobbyist for Rokita’s office

BY: - August 9, 2022

A Hoosiers Against Common Core co-founder turned policy consultant and state contractor mistakenly registered as a lobbyist for the city of Indianapolis rather than the state of Indiana, Attorney General Todd Rokita’s office has confirmed. Erin Tuttle formed Tuttle Consulting, LLC, on August 16, 2021, according to Indiana Secretary of State records. Just one week […]

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Indiana’s child well-being 28th in the nation

BY: - August 9, 2022

A family and children advocacy group ranked Indiana as the 28th best state for child well-being, a slight improvement from last year’s ranking of 29th. The Annie E. Casey Foundation released its annual KIDS COUNT Data Book, which analyzes 16 indicators across four categories — economic well-being, education, health and family/ community factors — to […]

Looser liquor laws boosted restaurants — and maybe problem drinking

BY: - August 9, 2022

Most states that allowed curbside pickup or home delivery of alcohol to help restaurants, bars and liquor stores survive pandemic closures have extended the looser liquor laws. But in their desire to boost the hospitality industry, states might be fueling binge drinking and higher overall alcohol consumption, some research shows. Of the 35 states (plus […]

Top Indiana companies wait to oppose new abortion ban until after it’s enacted

BY: - August 8, 2022

Major Indiana companies that previously declined to publicly comment on a near-total abortion ban are now speaking out against the newly-enacted restrictions, saying the the move could inhibit business growth and make it harder to retain skilled workers. One of Indiana’s largest employers and oldest companies, Eli Lilly and Company, was the first to step […]

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$130 million in tax credits and bond awards for affordable housing

BY: - August 8, 2022

Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and the Board of Directors for the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority  announced six developments have received awards from the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program, in conjunction with Multifamily Tax Exempt Bonds. This funding is used to incentivize private developers to fund the acquisition, rehabilitation, and construction of affordable housing communities throughout Indiana. “Affordable […]

U.S. Interior Department calls for states to submit mine cleanup proposals

BY: - August 8, 2022

The Interior Department asked states last week to apply for $725 million made available this year to clean up abandoned mine sites as part of the 2021 infrastructure bill. The department officially opened a notice of funding opportunity, which gives states the avenue to request federal grants to close mine shafts, prevent the release of […]