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Speaker Wants More Jobs Info from IEDC

Indiana Speaker of the House, Democrat Pat Bauer, says job creation information released recently by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation is a good start, but not enough.  The agency has released records for three programs, regarding how much money was given in tax incentives to companies promising jobs, and how many of those jobs were actually created.  Director Mitch Roob says those tax breaks resulted in 75 thousand jobs.  But Speaker Bauer says the IEDC hasn’t done enough to get money back from companies that didn’t follow through with job promises.  And he says the records are incomplete, since there are a total of eighteen incentive programs for businesses.

“We need to have measures so that no company comes in here and tries to cheat.  But this is about jobs and we need jobs and not spin so we need to work together to make sure our reports are accurate and complete and that’s what we’re asking them to do.”

 Bauer says the legislature may need to introduce bills in coming session that will both strictly define company compliance with job creation and have stiff penalties for companies to pay back the tax money they received.

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End of Session Negotiations Continue on Key Bills

Legislative leaders met today with Governor Mitch Daniels to sort out negotiations over jobs bills in the General Assembly.  The governor met with House Speaker Pat Bauer, a democrat from South Bend, then later, Senate President Pro Tem David Long, a republican from Fort Wayne.  to discuss concerns over a jobs bill, school funding issues, and what to do with the state’s bankrupt unemployment insurance system.  Bauer, who requested the meeting with Governor Daniels, says he wanted to discuss his concerns about trouble working out deals on a jobs bill, school funding, a solution to unemployment insurance funding woes, and worker protections.

“That bill ought to go forward period and we should continue to try to work on the unemployment bill.  If we can get a compromise that would be good.  If we can’t then at least we solved two or three problems and not leave 2 or 3 on the table because someone’s upset about one not being solved, the unemployment bill.”

Senator Long says those different bills are all interconnected and all aim to protect jobs.  Lawmakers have until Sunday to finalize agreements on each of those pieces of legislation.

Marianne Holland

Ethics bill moves on to Governor’s desk

The Indiana House of Representatives gave their final approval to an ethics reform bill that will make changes to the rules that govern legislators, lobbyists and the executive branch.

Speaker of the House Pat Bauer of South Bend, who authored the bill, made ethics reform a major focus of the legislative session.

The bill will lower the dollar amount that requires claiming of a gift from one hundred dollars to fifty, will require a one year grace period before becoming a lobbyist and will raise the fines for lobbyists that fail to comply with rules.

The bill will also make universities lobbyists subject to the same gift giving rules as other lobbyists.

Bauer says it is time for reform and praised the work done by all those involved.

“This house bill 1001 has been a collaborative effort of both the house and the senate and both parties. It’s the first ethics reform bill in, probably, twenty five, thirty years.”

The bill will also prohibit the executive branch from raising campaign funds during budget sessions.

Governor Mitch Daniels says the bill will be remembered as one of the best things that happened in this session, signaling his intent to sign the bill into law.

Brian Caoimhghin Flood

Ethics Bill Passes Senate

The Indiana Senate has given its approval to an ethics reform bill that sets new conduct standards for legislators and lobbyists. Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Marianne Holland reports.

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House Speaker Asks Congress to Question Wellpoint on Indiana Insurance Hikes

House Speaker Pat Bauer has asked the U.S. Congress to include Indiana’s experience in its investigation of insurance rate increases being charged by Wellpoint. Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Marianne Holland reports.

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Governor Daniels State of the State Address

In his sixth state of the state address, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels advised Hoosiers that spending vigilance and government reform during the current recession was necessary to position the state for growth in the future. Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Marianne Holland was at the statehouse for the governor’s address and has this report.012010stateofthestatefeature

Daniels Cancels FSSA Privatization Deal

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels has canceled the state’s one point three billion contract with a group of IBM companies to privatize some of the state’s welfare services. Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Marianne Holland reports.