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Archive for April, 2015

The Return of RFRA

Sunday, April 26th, 2015

Just when Indiana lawmakers thought they were past the controversy regarding the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) a religious group plans to call on them to revisit the issue. The Indiana Pastors Association says it will deliver a letter to the Governor and lawmakers on Monday telling them the RFRA “fix” is an “attack on the […]

The Statehouse Psyche

Friday, April 24th, 2015

Earlier this week, I got to play judge at an event called “Hoosier Idol”.  It’s an annual event at the Indiana Roof Ballroom hosted by the Mental Health Association of Indiana. Along with WISH-TV’s Jim Shella and WTHR-TV’s Angela Buchman, we got to judge a number of “legislative acts” just like the judges on American […]

Behold, the Budget Breadowns

Sunday, April 19th, 2015

As Indiana lawmakers begin their budget negotiations in earnest, I figured now would be a good time to do a public service and let you know where the House, Senate and Governor’s Office stand. Here is the bird’s eye view of the budget plans.  I have links at the bottom for more specific details.    […]

Indiana’s “Income” Issue

Friday, April 17th, 2015

We spend a lot of time talking about stagnant wages here in Indiana.   And while this may sound cruel, the individuals most responsible for this are the ones with either no skill set or they let they let skill set fall by the wayside. Allow me to explain.  According to the most recent state revenue […]

Delaying justice complex without cause is an injustice for taxpayers

Saturday, April 11th, 2015

by Greg Ballard It is often said that justice delayed is justice denied. The same could prove true about the Marion County Justice Complex project, which is now in the hands of the City-County Council. During my administration, we have established a tremendous track record of working with the Council to tackle big projects that […]

Common Ground on Common Construction Wage

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

For the most part this legislative session, I’ve been pretty agnostic on the issue of repealing Indiana’s Common Construction Wage (CCW) law. For those of you who don’t know what that is, it’s a law that allows local governments to set prevailing wages on public construction projects.  It’s been around since the early part of […]

Capitalism, What a Beautiful Choice

Saturday, April 4th, 2015

  You know what the big takeaway was from this week’s past controversy over the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA)? No, it wasn’t the adage “it’s not what it is, it’s what it looks like.”  Nor was it “be careful what you pray for, you just might get it.”  No, the big lesson from this […]

Be Careful What You Pray For

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

How’s this for irony?  By the end of the week Indiana lawmakers make actually enshrine in law some legal protections for Hoosiers based on sexual orientation and gender identity.  And the people most responsible for this are the ones who have fought it the hardest. The biggest advocates of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) […]