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Archive for April, 2009

Now What?

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

I’m a little tired this morning, so I’ll try to keep this short and to the point.   Now that Indiana lawmakers are coming back for a special session here are some questions to ponder.   Can lawmakers work out a deal? Who is responsible for the meltdown, the Governor, House Democrats, Republicans? What does […]

Budget Fails, 27-71! Special Session On the Way

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Indiana lawmakers will be back here sooner than they think.  Lawmakers failed to pass a budget tonight, ensuring a special session will be called.  The budget failed by a vote of 27-71.   The budget plan would have spent $28 billion over the next two years with funds for K-12 education, higher education and higher ed […]

Now It Really Is Dead

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Just got word that the CIB bailout legislation really is dead.  Supporters hoped they could have found a vehicle bill before midnight to put it in but they were unsuccessful.  Now the city of  Indianapolis is really on the hook for $47 million operational shortfall costs.  

C.I.B. Bailout Legislation All But Dead

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Unless something happens in the next 90 minutes, legislaion that would have help bailout the Capital Improvement Board is dead.  House-Senate Conference Chair Phil GiaQuinta said the legislation could not get the four signatures it needed to move forward.  The latest version would have raised hotel, ticket and car rental taxes as well as added […]

Indiana House Passes Unemployment Insurance Bill, 52-47

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Indiana House members followed the lead of the Senate and passed an unemployment insurance bill.  The vote was 52-47, along party lines.  Democrats chided Republicans on their claim it would raise taxes, saying businesses that don’t use the system as much would enjoy a lower tax rate.   Republicans said the tax increases would just result in more unemployment. […]

Senate Passes Unemployment Insurance Bill, 46-3

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

The State Senate passed what some lawmakers called sweeping reform to solve the state’s unemployment insurance problem.  The bill passed 46-3.  It increases taxes on employers but over a longer period of time than earlier versions.  It also provides more administrative tools for employers to challenge workers who file for unemployment.  The House still has […]

Statehouse Update – 7:15 p.m.

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

I’m back from the Club, only one martini though. The Democrats just got out of caucus.   I hear everything is still up in the air so the next posts you get from me will be either the bills that passed or an analysis of what happened.  I will say this, both the Speaker and Legislative Black Caucus  […]

Statehouse Update – 6:15 p.m.

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

The House is on a dinner break.  The Senate is still in caucus.  I’m going to the Columbia Club for a martini.  Back at 7ish.  

Statehouse Update – 5:45 p.m.

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

The House is still working through bills.  The Senate is still out.  I’m going to go see if I can find a copy of the new budget. There are 6 hours and 15 minutes left until adjournment.

Statehouse Update – 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

The House is in session.  They are going through committee reports.  I am still waiting to get my hand on a copy of the budget lawmakers will work with tonight. I do feel a sense that they might actually get out of here on time, mainly because they don’t have a choice and either way the […]