Gov. Eric Holcomb

Gov. Eric Holcomb is defending his timeline to hold off on taking significant statewide action on teacher pay raises until 2021, despite calls from teachers to send more funding support to schools in 2020 when lawmakers aren’t likely to open the state budget.

Indiana has lost nearly 8,000 manufacturing jobs through November this year. And some economists say that’s a bad sign for the overall economy.

Gov. Eric Holcomb unveiled his priorities for the 2020 legislative session Tuesday, and one item on his education agenda has been on teachers’ minds for most of this year helping spur protests at the Statehouse – and it isn’t higher pay. 

Holcomb To Unveil 2020 Agenda Tuesday In Terre Haute

Dec 6, 2019

Gov. Eric Holcomb will unveil his legislative and administrative agenda for 2020 Tuesday.

It’s likely to build on the themes Holcomb’s focused on throughout his term.

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On this edition of the podcast the you’ll hear the latest on Governor Eric Holcomb sending cease and desist letters to Reveal and the Indianapolis Star last week over reports he pressured a state safety inspector into reducing penalties against Amazon, a federal judge has denied a motion for acquittal for former Portage Mayor James Snyder, and Chris Nolte has a conversation with South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority Communications Director Erica Dahl. All of that, and more, on this edition of “Lakeshore Update”…     

Gov. Eric Holcomb sent cease and desist letters to Reveal and the Indianapolis Star last week over reports he pressured a state safety inspector into reducing penalties against Amazon.

Thousands of educators gathered outside the Indiana statehouse for the “Red for Ed” rally Tuesday to support public education. The Indiana State Teacher Association says its focus is three-pronged: ILEARN hold harmless, repeal career awareness licensure requirement, and use surplus money for public schools.

Indiana will have a new Speaker of the House in the next few months as Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) announced his retirement Tuesday.

Gov. Eric Holcomb has declared a propane shortage emergency and issued an executive order designed to help boost supply. 

New Indiana Tourism Agency Gets First Leader

Nov 1, 2019

Gov. Eric Holcomb is reshuffling agency leadership to fill a brand-new role in state government.

Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry Resigning To Focus On Health, Family

Sep 23, 2019

Updated Sept. 23, 2019 at 4:03 p.m. 

Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry resigned from office Monday as he continues prostate cancer treatment. He notified Gov. Eric Holcomb of his resignation Monday morning.

Curry announced he has undergone cancer treatment since 2015. After recent developments in his diagnosis, he decided to resign midterm. 

More Indiana youth are vaping than ever before and the state plans to address the issue. 

State and health leaders joined teens from Fishers High School to announce the new three-part initiative. 

Indiana faith leaders called on Gov. Eric Holcomb Tuesday to “disarm hate.”

Indiana National Guard Head Resigns Amid Scandal

Aug 12, 2019

Indiana National Guard leader Courtney Carr is retiring in the wake of a defamation lawsuit against him.

Gov. Eric Holcomb says he recommended Carr step down.

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Today:   State Senator Karen Tallian of the Portage area is in the studio to discuss the likelihood that state lawmakers may be able to add some items in the two-year state budget passed last session, since there is new revenue that wasn't available when the budget was approved.  Could some areas like additional funds for teacher pay be addressed? Senator Tallian talks about that.  Lake County Prosecutor Bernard Carter also joins us in the studio to talk about his decision to announce in 2019 that he'll seek re-election in 2022.

Days after a student with a gun was arrested outside a Muncie high school, Gov. Eric Holcomb held an event highlighting two school safety bills in Southern Indiana Friday, but Democrats in the General Assembly are calling for more action on school safety and firearms during the next legislative session. 

Veterans’ military pensions will be 100 percent exempt from Indiana’s income tax in the next four years. And the state is using that to recruit retiring servicemembers to Indiana.

Gov. Eric Holcomb urged people who see something to say something in the wake of this weekend’s mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.

Gov. Eric Holcomb asked the United States Department of Agriculture Friday to designate 88 counties as disaster zones. To be able to request a county be designated an agricultural disaster area, at least 30 percent of a single crop must be damaged or lost.

Indiana Gov. Holcomb boasts swelling campaign fundraising

Jul 1, 2019
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Republican Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb continues swelling his campaign bank account ahead of the expected formal launch of his re-election bid.

Holcomb's campaign says it collected $1 million at a fundraising event this past week and received a $1 million transfer from Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch's campaign account. That comes as Holcomb's campaign ended 2018 with about $4 million in the bank, with new state campaign reports due in mid-July.

The former state Republican chairman has scheduled a July 13 announcement event at the Hoosier Gym in Knightstown.

Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, Gov. Eric Holcomb, U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky (D-Merrillville), and U.S. Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) cut a ceremonial ribbon at the Indiana Dunes National Park. (Justin Hicks/IPB News)
Justin Hicks

A group of politicians from Indiana found themselves standing together in an unusual spot Tuesday morning – the middle of the woods. They were attending a celebration at what is now Indiana’s first national park.

One Year Later: Noblesville West Middle School Shooting

May 23, 2019

Most Americans are now familiar with the events that typically follow a school shooting. Shock and outrage, followed by calls for action but few policies are changed. One year after a shooting left a student and teacher injured, some activists and parents wonder if the aftermath of Noblesville West Middle School fits this same story.

Hundreds Rally For Abortion Rights At Statehouse

May 21, 2019
RaeVen Ridgell speaks to a crowd outside the Statehouse at an abortion rights rally. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Hundreds rallied at the Statehouse Tuesday as part of a coordinated effort to protest anti-abortion laws nationwide.

The Indiana NAACP is asking the state to include an environmental justice advocate on the new energy policy task force. The group met with Gov. Eric Holcomb to discuss the issue and other things this week. 

Former Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) lies in state at the Indiana Statehouse. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Former Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.), who died last month, returned to Indianapolis Tuesday, where he lies in state at the Statehouse.

Holcomb Signs Landmark Gambling Bill

May 8, 2019
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Brandon Smith

Gov. Eric Holcomb signed into law Wednesday legislation that makes seismic shifts in Indiana’s gaming industry.

Swedish manufacturing company Saab announced plans Wednesday to invest $37 million in a new facility in West Lafayette.

Adult Diploma Reimbursement Bill Signed Into Law

May 7, 2019
The bill will fund adult high school diploma programs based on performance – not just enrollment. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Lauren Chapman

Gov. Eric Holcomb signed a bill into law this week that will fund adult high school diploma programs based on performance – not just enrollment. The requirements will affect programs across the state.

Opioid Treatment Providers Get New Oversight

May 6, 2019
Sen. Erin Houchin on the Senate floor. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Jeanie Lindsay

newly signed law will provide more structure for opioid treatment providers. The move aims to ensure Hoosiers who need medication-assisted treatment are receiving comprehensive care. 

State and local politicians gathered at Richard Lugar Plaza in Indianapolis to remember the late senator who died Sunday.