Watch the video below to hear Senator Karen Tallian outline three reasons to oppose right to work legislation currently being considered by the Indiana General Assembly.
Archive for July, 2011
Tags: Indiana Senate Democrats, right to work, tallian-audio-video
Tags: Indiana Department of Workforce Development, unemployment
On Friday, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) announced that Indiana’s unemployment rate for June 2011 rose slightly to 8.3 percent. Indiana’s unemployment rate continues to sit below the U.S. rate of 9.2 percent, and stands lower than neighboring states Illinois (9.2 percent), Ohio (8.8 percent), Kentucky (9.6 percent) and Michigan (10.5 percent).
- County with the highest unemployment rate: Fayette 12.1%
- County with the lowest unemployment rate: Dubois 5.5%
Employment Report (LAUS)
- Labor Force Estimates for U.S., Indiana, MSAs, Counties, Cities
- Ranking of Indiana Counties by Unemployment Rate
- Indiana County Map with Unemployment Rates
Jobs Report (CES)
Tags: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), federal, healthcare, low-income Hoosiers, Medicaid Forecast, Obama, Office of Medicaid Policy and Planning, planned parenthood, state budget
Medicaid is a federal program, jointly administered and funded by the Indiana Families and Social Services Administration and the US Department of Health and Human Services. A projected increase in Medicaid enrollees combined with state and federal budgetary pressures have presented challenges in most states. The federal reimbursement of state Medicaid costs has a significant impact on states’ economies, accounting for nearly 43 percent of all federal funds received by states according to the National Association of State Budget Officers.
State/Federal Relationship: Medicaid is funded by both the state and federal government. Currently in Indiana, the state pays about 34% and the federal government pays about 66% of Medicaid costs. The federal government sets broad eligibility requirements that the states must meet to receive federal funding. States administer the program and set their own guidelines concerning eligibility, optional services and provider reimbursement rates using federal requirements as a guide.
Tags: Commission for Higher Education, financial aid, FY2012-2013 Budget, higher education funding, SSACI, university capital projects
Indiana’s public institutions of higher education absorbed a number of changes this legislative session as a result of the state’s new budget, House Enrolled Act 1001. Public universities saw their overall funding cut even as more Hoosiers attended college. Performance funding metrics took on an increasingly significant role in determining higher education funding and a number of changes were made to financial aid options offered by the State. For each budget item discussed below, the figures represent appropriations made by the Indiana General Assembly.
Enrollment: Indiana continues to lead the way in increasing the number of Hoosiers attending college. According to the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO) report “State Higher Education Finance FY 2010”, between 2005 and 2010, Indiana enjoyed a 20.1% increase in Full Time Equivalent (FTE) enrollment, ranking 9th among all other states during the period. Indiana experienced the 6th largest increase in FTE enrollment from 2009-2010 and now is the 12th largest state in terms of total university enrollment.
The Indiana Senate Democrats are committed to serving Hoosiers. Watch this video to learn about who the Senate Democrats are and where they come from.
Tags: Charter Schools, K-12 education, private schools tax credit, virtual charter schools, vouchers
A new series in Budget Briefs, the 2011 Budget Breakdown will explain each piece of the Budget Pie Chart from the state’s largest to smallest category of expenditures.
The most substantial changes during the 2011 legislative session were made in the administration and funding of Indiana’s K-12 schools under the new state budget, House Enrolled Act 1001. The new budget appropriates funding for all state programs and services for fiscal years 2011-2013.
A new funding “base” for K-12 education was established that incorporates the governor’s 2010 $300 million cut as a permanent base reduction. The statewide funding available for K-12 schools was increased 0.5% for CY 2012 and 1% for CY 2013, relative to CY 2010′s new base. The statewide average tuition support per student (for regular programs) is:
- School Fiscal Year 2012 = $6,268 per student [$6,262,800,000/999,124]
- School Fiscal Year 2013 = $6,313 per student [$6,308,700,000/999,279]
Implications of new charter schools, increased funding for virtual charter schools, a new voucher program and several other policies approved this year will result in even fewer dollars available to traditional public schools.
State Senator Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) introduces himself to constituents new to Senate District 25 after changes were made during Indiana’s redistricting process.
State Senator Jim Arnold (D-LaPorte) introduces himself to constituents new to Senate District 8 after changes were made during Indiana’s redistricting process.