Government & Politics

Nearly 10,000 people in Indiana are approved for benefits through Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program – also called DACA – which protects undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children, and thousands more could be eligible, according to the Migration Policy Institute.

The Trump administration confirmed Tuesday it will end DACA in six months, but Hoosier enrollees and advocates hope Congress will intervene before then.

Indiana’s battle to collect online sales tax from businesses that don’t have a physical presence in the state will more likely play out in Congress than in the courts, says one economist.

Indiana does collect sales tax from companies such as Amazon, which has seven distribution centers across five counties.

But the state also wants to tax online retailers including Wayfair and Overstock, which don’t – but still earn more than $100,000 a year from Hoosiers.

U.S. Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) says his focus for aid to distressed urban areas is to ensure federal assistance programs are effective. Young visited an Indianapolis community resource center Thursday as part of a tour of Indiana communities most in need.

The John H. Boner Community Center works to connect residents with resources for jobs, education and housing.

Young says the federal government can support those kinds of resources through different funding avenues.

The Indiana Farm Bureau will emphasize rural broadband and federal agriculture legislation in 2018.

The Indiana Farm Bureau lobbies for farmers all over the state; it also sells insurance. Delegates from all of Indiana’s 92 counties met at the end of August to determine the organizations policy positions for next year.

Katrina Hall, the farm bureau’s director of public policy, says without broadband internet access, farmers are working with one hand tied behind their back.

Activist Rally To Oppose 2018 Federal Budget

Aug 31, 2017

Faith leaders and community activists gathered Wednesday evening to rally against the federal budget soon up for consideration in Congress. The group is worried about deep cuts to federal health care programs.

Members of Congress will return to Washington next week to consider the 2018 budget.  And about 250 people who attended an Indianapolis rally urged them to reject plans to slash health care spending over the next decade. The Rev. Derrick Slack is one of the attendees.