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Holcomb Visits SF Motors in Mishawaka

May 30, 2018
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Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb was in Mishawaka today at the new SF Motors plant.

SF Motors is a Chinese company that makes electric vehicles. It's headquartered in Santa Clara, California, but will be building cars for the U.S. market in the Mishawaka plant it calls EVAP (Electric Vehicle Assembly Plant).

 

Global Tech Firm Announces Expanded Indiana Jobs Plans

Apr 26, 2018

Global tech firm Infosys announced Thursday it will create more Hoosier jobs than originally planned – now 3,000 in total at its North American training center, based in Indianapolis.

Vice President Mike Pence attended the announcement after a central Indiana political event on tax reform was postponed until after the state’s May primary election.

Indiana is one of just three states in the country without an official state insect. Legislation passed in the Senate Tuesday would change that.

The unanimously approved bill is the initiative of West Lafayette elementary school students. Their push to name the Say’s Firefly as Indiana’s state insect began three years ago.

IndyStar.com

Today:  On this Reporters Roundtable, we bring in northwest Indiana public radio reporter Michael Puente, "Post-Tribune" reporter Meredith Colias-Pete and Jon Gard, who covers LaPorte County events for the LaPorte "Herald-Argus" and the Michigan City "News Dispatch."  They're talking about the stories they covered online as well as in print and, in Michael's instance, his stories aired on Lakeshore Public Radio.

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Today:  Andy Downs of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at I.U.-Purdue Fort Wayne offers an analysis of Tuesday night's "State of the State" address from Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb.  The Governor made his comments before a joint session of the Indiana House and Senate at the Statehouse.

Gov. Eric Holcomb sought in his State of the State to reassure Hoosiers his administration will do “whatever it takes” to fix problems at the Department of Child Services.

But Democratic legislative leaders say Holcomb’s address lacked boldness and leadership, particularly when it comes to the ongoing DCS crisis.

Veterans Legislative Day Highlights Priorities

Jan 9, 2018

Hoosier veterans gathered at the Statehouse to meet lawmakers and talk about their priority issues. This was the fourth annual veterans legislative day.

Gov. Eric Holcomb, also a veteran, addressed more than 100 gathered in at the statehouse.

“No state has answered the call the way that Indiana has,” says Holcomb.

Hoosier veterans, including VFW State Senior Vice Commander Eric Billman, asked lawmakers to restore more veteran benefits, including tax breaks.

Indiana legislative leaders anticipate Gov. Eric Holcomb will address recent controversy at the Department of Child Services in his 2018 State of the State address.

Former DCS Director Mary Beth Bonaventura warned current funding and policies would lead to child deaths. Holcomb directed an independent consultant to examine the agency.

Republican legislative leaders indicated Wednesday they will likely not take any significant action in the 2018 session to address issues at the Department of Child Services.

Democrats want the General Assembly to exert its oversight authority on the embattled child welfare agency.

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Today:  On this Reporters Roundtable we feature "Times of Northwest Indiana" investigative reporter Marc Chase (who is also a columnist) and his colleague, Statehouse reporter Dan Carden, and Jon Gard of the  LaPorte "Herald Argus" and Michigan City "News Dispatch" about their stories posted online and in print.  "Chicago Reporter" education reporter Kalyn Belsha also joins us to talk about her online story this week of a Chicago family who moved from a crime-ridden neighborhood to northwest Indiana, and how they are coping with issues of being in the Gary Community School Corp.

DCS Chief, Holcomb Disagree On Agency Funding Levels

Dec 18, 2017

 

Indiana Department of Child Services Director Mary Beth Bonaventura says the well-being of Hoosier children has been put at risk because of steps taken by Governor Eric Holcomb’s administration.

Bonaventura’s sharp criticisms came in her resignation letter, delivered to Holcomb last week.

DCS Director Bonaventura To Depart Agency

Dec 17, 2017

 

Department of Child Services Director Mary Beth Bonaventura will resign her position before the end of the month.

Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Bonaventura’s pending departure as he praised the outgoing agency head. In a statement, Holcomb hailed what he calls her “unwavering commitment” to Hoosier children’s safety.

The announcement did not include a reason for her decision.

One of Indiana’s key teacher unions says public school educators feel disrespected, and it plans to work on restoring that respect during the upcoming legislative session. Indiana State Teachers Association President Teresa Meredith says the union’s 2018 legislative priorities focus on improving neighborhood public schools and shifting the way people talk about teaching, because she says it’s one way to draw more people into the field.

ISTA Reacts To Governor's 2018 Agenda

Nov 8, 2017

Gov. Eric Holcomb released his 2018 agenda Wednesday, outlining a number of possible changes to education policy for the sake of better workforce alignment. One facet includes increased licensing flexibility for educators who teach in STEM fields – science, technology, engineering, and math – and Indiana State Teacher’s Association President Teresa Meredith says that proposal lacks specificity.

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A group of West Lafayette elementary school students who’ve spent years lobbying lawmakers to honor a state insect just got a powerful ally.

Governor Eric Holcomb says he’ll join them in advocating for the Say’s Firefly once the 2018 legislative session starts in January.

Holcomb Won't Support Marijuana Decriminalization

Nov 8, 2017

 

Gov. Eric Holcomb says he won’t support any push to decriminalize marijuana, even for medical use.

Governor Holcomb Unveils 2018 Agenda

Nov 8, 2017

Gov. Eric Holcomb wants to create new levels of bureaucracy to better align workforce needs with education and training. Those new levels would replace failed versions created during the Pence administration.

Indiana has begun planning how to use its $40.9 million portion of the Volkswagen pollution settlement.

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management, or IDEM, wants public input on a plan to pay to upgrade diesel equipment in places with severe emissions.

VW admitted last year to tampering with emissions equipment in 600,000 of its cars sold in the U.S. The company’s $2.7 billion Clean Air Act settlement includes money for states to offset pollution from the altered cars.

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In Indiana, experts admit the bar for involuntary treatment — committing someone to medical care without their consent  — is high. Currently, if law enforcement deems a person dangerous or gravely disabled, an officer can transport them to a treatment facility against their will.

 

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The state has named an Indianapolis-based OB-GYN as Indiana’s next health commissioner.

Dr. Kristina Box will fill the position left vacant earlier this month when former health commissioner Jerome Adams became U.S. Surgeon General.

The Indianapolis International Airport will have direct flights to Paris through Delta Airlines beginning May 24, 2018. Gov. Eric Holcomb discussed Wednesday what it took to secure the airport’s first transatlantic direct flight.

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation will provide Delta up to $5.5 million in conditional incentives over the next two years for the Paris flight.

Indiana Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger says the condition is whether or not Delta can fill the planes.

Gov. Holcomb Defers To Congress On DACA Action

Sep 6, 2017

Gov. Eric Holcomb isn’t saying if Indiana will take any action around Hoosiers with DACA status, given to undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children.

About 10,000 people in Indiana have that status, out of 800,000 nationwide. But President Donald Trump said this week the program will end and that status will be revoked in six months without Congressional intervention.

The state of Indiana filed a lawsuit Monday to allow it to collect sales tax from online sellers who don’t have a presence in Indiana.

New state legislation that prompted the lawsuit means the state could collect those taxes if the courts rule in its favor.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1992 that online retailers don’t have to collect and remit sales tax if they have no physical connection to the state.

Four Indiana counties that were in danger of having no insurance options for customers on the Affordable Care Act marketplace will have choices in 2018. Decatur, Jackson, Grant and Wayne Counties were at risk of having no providers next year after Anthem and MD Wise announced in June they would be leaving the market at the end of this year.

Vice President Mike Pence returned home to Indiana for a reveal of his official gubernatorial portrait.

Pence leans against his desk with his hands crossed in his portrait, an open Bible to his right with a photo of his wife and children, and on his left a stack of law books, and the United States and Indiana flags behind him.

Each portion of the portrait has significance to Pence, including a stack of law books that belonged to his father, that now are with him in Washington, D.C.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson will sit down with state lawmakers at East Chicago’s lead-contaminated public housing complex Monday.

The visit comes five months after three Indiana congressmen invited Carson to the USS Lead Superfund site, which is contaminated with high levels of lead and arsenic from old factories.

Gov. Eric Holcomb continues to avoid specifics when it comes to the impact federal health care reform could have on the state.

Holcomb sent a “Letter to Hoosiers” Monday to outline what he wants from federal health care reform. That includes greater state control over the issue. But he declined to share specific data on how federal health care legislation debated in the Senate would affect Indiana.

Gov. Eric Holcomb announced the creation of a new state cabinet position to focus on talent development and recruitment. LaPorte Mayor Blair Milo will become the state’s first Secretary of Career Connections and Talent.

Holcomb says Milo, in her new role, will work with state agencies, the business community, and higher education institutions. The goal is to ensure workforce development priorities are aligned to help meet future job needs.

IU-Purdue Fort Wayne

Andy Downs of the Mike Downs Center for Politics at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne joined us on "Regionally Speaking" on Monday for a discussion of summertime political topics -- mainly what Governor Eric Holcomb is doing these days,  of the interest in influential State Senator Luke Kenley's position, now that he plans to retire this autumn -- and about potential candidates in two U.S. Representative primary elections which won't be held until next year.

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Today:  A conversation with Rob Vollrath of suburban Chicago-based Leopardo Energy, a firm that is working with the city of Hammond on an ambitious 14-month-long energy conservation project that -- Rob says -- guarantees the city will save up to $26 million in energy costs over 15 years.  The project includes energy conservation measures in all city-owned buildings as well as replacing current Hammond city vehicles with more energy-efficient ones.

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