Gov. Mitch Daniels said Tuesday he’ll request that federal officials
send Indiana more than $434 million in newly approved stimulus funds for
schools and Medicaid, even though he opposed the legislation.
For at least a decade, potentially thousands of Indiana's neediest
adults have seen some of their state aid payments
slashed simply because they receive food
stamps — a practice that advocates and legal experts say is a clear
of federal law.
In a disappointing turn of events, Indiana’s Supreme Court ruled
4-1 in favor of the state’s voter ID law, overturning last year’s decision by the
Indiana Court of Appeals that deemed voter ID requirements
unconstitutional partly because it treated those casting absentee
ballots differently from those at voting booths. But in the end, the
Indiana Supreme Court majority opinion stated,
“It is within the power of the legislature to require voters to
identify themselves at the polls using a photo ID.”
While the new Affordable Health Care law provides a variety of funding
opportunities for states, one provision in the health law that could
shift billions of dollars from cash-strapped states to the federal
government. Under the National
Medicaid Drug Rebate Program created by the Omnibus Budget
Reconciliation Act of 1990, drug manufacturers are required to enter
into agreements that provide rebates for Medicaid purchased drugs,
establishing a 15% minimum level of rebates. Up until now, the rebates
were divided between the states and the federal government. But under
the new health reform law, a significant portion of the rebates will go
solely to Washington beginning this year.
Who benefits from hyping criminal enforcement as the solution to the
As a Service and Employees International Union (SEIU)
highlights, one key player profiting off the nation's broken
immigration system is the private prison firm, Corrections Corporation
of America (CCA). CCA operates and profits significantly from private
prisons across the country, many of which house immigrants in detention,
a kind of legal limbo in which immigrants are imprisoned while their
cases are being considered, or who are in the process of being deported.
Dealing with a $309 million
mid-year budget gap and unemployment hovering above 9 percent, the 10-week
Indiana legislative session primarily focused on budgetary and economic
issues. Lawmakers reached a bipartisan agreement to only consider bills
to no cost, but still considered a broad range of bills, from
property tax caps to energy efficiency initiatives.