Indiana lawmakers are scheduled to begin public hearings on a new state budget Monday. But Democrats continue to boycott budget talks and remain in Illinois.Indiana Republicans are beginning the process of working around the boycotting Democrats. State senators are holding public hearings Monday.
Wisconsin’s public workers no longer have collective bargaining rights. Lawmakers stripped them away Thursday, and the move’s causing a firestorm in pro-labor circles. But Illinois’ neighbor to the north isn’t the only one seeing an epic battle over workers rights.
The Indiana House of Representatives could consider abortion legislation this week.The Indiana Senate approved two bills dealing with reproductive issues. Now, the House could take them up.One bill would prohibit the state from making contracts or grants with organizations that provide abortions.
United States Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood said Northwest Indiana is poised to be a major player in the development of high-speed rail. LaHood said enthusiasm is high in Indiana for high-speed rail projects because it can bring jobs and money to the state.