Indiana Public Broadcasting News

Hupfer Officially Becomes New Indiana GOP Chair

Feb 1, 2017


The Indiana Republican Party’s Central Committee officially chose Kyle Hupfer to become the party’s new state chair.

Governor Eric Holcomb named Kyle Hupfer as his choice to lead the Indiana GOP after former Chair Jeff Cardwell announced in December he would step down.

Lawmakers are weighing a bill that would make expansive changes to Indiana’s gaming taxes.

Rep. Todd Huston (R-Fishers) says his legislation aims to help Indiana casinos stay viable as they face increasing competition.

Changes it would make to current law include eliminating the admissions tax – a $3 fee each time a person enters the gaming floor. Huston says this discourages casinos from adding attractions like restaurants and bars.

Tesla Bill Appears Headed For Compromise

Feb 1, 2017

Legislation barring auto manufacturers from selling directly to customers appears headed for compromise after hours of testimony in a House committee.

Electric car manufacturer Tesla sells directly to customers, without using dealerships. Proposed legislation would ban that practice within the next three years, for any company. Proponents say it’s about ensuring consumer protection.

Tesla customers like Mitch Rolsky see it as something else.

Voucher Feud Is Focus Of House Pre-K Bill

Jan 31, 2017

Proposed legislation to expand the state’s publicly funded preschool program is tangled up in the ongoing feud over private school vouchers.

House Bill 1004 would expand the state’s preschool pilot program from five counties to 10 counties. It would also lower the financial threshold to help more poor families of four-year old children attend a state qualified preschool for free.

State Seeks Three-Year Renewal Of HIP 2.0

Jan 31, 2017

Indiana announced it wants the federal government to renew HIP 2.0, the state’s Medicaid expansion program, for three years.

Indiana received a waiver in 2015 to create its own version of Medicaid expansion, HIP 2.0. The program requires people to make monthly contributions to health savings accounts, known as POWER accounts. The current waiver expires a year from now; the state wants to extend that through January 2021.