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Mar
2017
March 23, 2017
IFI Staff
The Indiana Legislature deals with thousands of pieces of legislation throughout a session, and inevitably a great number of bills die without ever being considered.  However, with a looming committee deadline, there are a few bills we wanted to make you aware of. All bills that haven’t been passed out of their respective committees next week will die, and there are a few that we just cannot afford to lose.  Will you lend your voice to our efforts and contact your legislators?   HB 1128, if passed, would ensure that women...
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16
Mar
2017
March 16, 2017
IFI Staff
  The Hoosier State has dealt with its fair share of free speech and conscience rights issues in recent days.  But a new federal court ruling has created yet another barrier for those wishing to exercise those freedoms. Last week, federal judge Jon E. DeGuilio ruled against Concord High School – and in favor of the Freedom From Religion Foundation – after several anonymous plaintiffs complained about the content of a Christmas production held at the Elkhart high school. Students at the school put on a Christmas production...
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10
Mar
2017
March 10, 2017
IFI Staff
Pick your poison. Heroin. Prescription painkillers. Excessive alcohol. Suicide by cop. Increasingly, such poisons are glaring evidence of troubling trends among America's working class poor, especially white, middle-aged Midwesterners. For the first time since 1993, life expectancy declined last year. We also know the dismal statistics of stagnant incomes and "underwater" homeowners, again especially among the nation's working poor, since the Great Recession. Some say these trends fueled President Donald's Trump victory...
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09
Mar
2017
March 9, 2017
IFI Staff
The Indiana House of Representatives recently passed HB 1002, a bill that, if passed by the Indiana Senate, will increase the gas tax and vehicle registration fees, and also lay the foundation for toll roads on Indiana highways. The Andrew Smith Center for Family Prosperity has commissioned the American Conservative Union to conduct a full review of the proposed gas tax increase and what it would mean practically for families in Indiana. You can read the full text of the report here. Analysis in the report shows that a higher gas tax would...
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