Indiana Institute for Working Families

A Senate committee revamped a bill that caps interest rates on many types of consumer credit after pushback from advocates and several lawmakers. However, with the changes, some committee members still feel the bill doesn’t go far enough.

The Trump administration is cutting off Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, or food stamps, for about 700,000 Americans.

A report released Wednesday says payday lenders drained over $300 million in financing charges from some of the poorest Hoosiers over the past five years. The Indiana Institute for Working Families conducted the research and found that most of Indiana’s payday loans storefronts are in predominantly low-income neighborhoods.

Director Jessica Fraser says borrowers often get caught in a costly cycle of debt.

Lending Expansion Bill Dies In The Indiana House

Apr 15, 2019
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Samantha Horton

A bill that would have expanded what consumer advocates call predatory lending practices died in the Indiana House Monday.

Indiana Republican Party National Committeewoman Anne Hathaway says a recent report giving Indiana a failing grade for policies aimed at helping women isn’t fair. (Indiana Republican Party)
Brandon Smith

An Indiana Republican leader says a recent report giving Indiana a failing grade for policies aimed at helping women isn’t fair.

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar joins Gov. Eric Holcomb and Indiana Family and Social Services Administration Secretary Jennifer Walthall to announce Indiana's HIP approval in February. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Lauren Chapman

A group of non-profits organizations sent a letter to Governor Eric Holcomb this week, urging him to reconsider a new Healthy Indiana Plan, HIP, rule.  

Stakeholders in Indiana are already weighing the GOP tax plan’s potential effect on workers.

Indiana Manufacturers Association lobbyist Andrew Berger says the plan’s most important pillar is its 20 percent corporate tax rate. He says it’ll let businesses make decisions about growing and investing based on what really matters.

“Not, ‘how do I best effectuate my tax liability?’” he says. “That’s what we’re trying to get out of this investment decision-making process.”

A proposed traffic amnesty program would help Hoosiers pay back debts and reinstate suspended licenses. It could allow more than 400,000 Hoosiers to become legal, licensed drivers once again.

Nearly one in 10 Hoosiers have suspended licenses because of financial reasons – not safety violations – according a report from students at Indiana University.

Study Gives Indiana Poor Grade For Gender Wage Gap

Sep 26, 2016
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A new study ranks Indiana near the bottom  when it comes to gender pay equality. 

An American Association of University Women study finds Indiana women on average earn only about three-quarters of what their male counterparts do.

The study cites weak state laws as part of the reason Indiana ranks 40th out of the 50 states.

Indiana Institute for Working Families policy analyst Erin Macey says a Cornell University study showed women are often penalized just for being mothers.

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State leaders celebrated last week over news that Indiana’s unemployment rate is at its lowest level in seven years, while the total number of jobs surged to a near-record high. But some analysts say it’s not time to pop the champagne yet.

Indiana’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.4 percent in April, reaching its lowest level since May of 2008.

But Indiana Institute for Working Families senior policy director Derek Thomas says he’s concerned that over the last three months, while the private sector added about 16,000 jobs, 18,000 people left the state’s labor force.