Monday, February 1, 2016

Indiana General Assembly Big Battles

Indiana General Assembly Big Battles

In the words of John Wooden : "Don't mistake activity for achievement".  There are some important items on the table for debate.  I've included links to the actual details of the bills.  SB stands for Senate Bill.  HB stands for House Bill.
They have been listening to over 100 bills recently, but we are only highlighting a few with the most widespread impact in this post.


Infrastructure funding:
Two competing visions are SB 67 and HB1001 Both have passed their initial hurdles and are closer to a showdown. The Indy chamber prefers HB1001 which is a longer term approach raising state gas tax and indexing it to inflation.  A protracted debate is expected.

Anti-Discrimination:
Lots of debate, little movement in regards to SB100, SB344 and SB66.  These would expand Indiana's civil rights laws to include LGBT Hoosiers.  A new study released by Visit Indy reinforces the urgency of action in regards to the economic fallout going beyond the hospitality industry.
The website Indiana Competes gives a lot more insight, feedback, testimonials on these bills.

Education:
Bills shielding schools A-F accountability grades and teach pay from being affected by last year's scores have already passed.
Other hot topic bills addressing teacher shortage such as HB1002, SB328 and BH1339 talk about scholarships, recruitment, retention.
After-school support is going through second readings on SB 251 and SB301
Early Childhood quality measure being heard through HB1330
Teacher incentives for high need areas such as STEM subjects is contained in SB 93

For a complete list and info on the bills before the 2016 General Assembly this session click HERE and be prepared for your head to spin.

But don't read it on Sunday - because you still can't buy any alcohol that day.

#Indianalegislation #Indianaeducation #indianacivilrights #Indianageneralassembly #senatebill #housebill #education #discrimination #infrastructure

Monday, January 25, 2016

Devour Indy Downtown

Devour Indy Downtown

Here's your chance to try all those Indianapolis downtown restaurants at reduced prices for a 3 course meal!


January 25 - February 7th

90 YES 90 participating restaurants

Get all the details, menus, etc HERE

#devourdowntown #indy #restaurants #foodies


Why Your FICO Score is Important

Why Your FICO Score is Important



Good credit scores can make or break your home buying experience

#fico #credit #realestate #homebuying

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Indiana Regional Cities Overview

Indiana Regional Cities Overview
Seven regional areas vying for growth and opportunity



#Indiana #RegionalCities 

Monday, December 28, 2015

Upcoming Events in Indiana

Upcoming Events in Indiana

NameDateDaysStart DayCity
South Bend Brewfest1/23/161SatSouth Bend, IN
The Indianapolis Franchise Expo
1/30/16
1/31/16
2SatIndianapolis, IN
4th Annual Winterval Festival1/30/161SatFort Wayne, IN
13th Annual Indiana Art Fair
2/12/16
2/13/16
2FriIndianapolis, IN
Shipshewana On The Road
2/13/16
2/14/16
2SatSouth Bend, IN
Maple Fair
2/27/16
3/6/16
9SatRockville, IN
Arts & Crafts Show2/27/161SatNewburgh, IN
25th Annual Indiana Heritage Quilt Show
3/3/16
3/5/16
3ThuBloomington, IN
For The Love Of Art3/5/161SatElkhart, IN
National Maple Syrup Festival
3/5/16
3/6/16
2SatNashville, IN
Spring Fling Craft Show3/5/161SatElkhart, IN
4th Annual Spring Fling Vendor & Craft Show3/6/161SunSchererville, IN
Shipshewana On The Road
3/12/16
3/13/16
2SatKokomo, IN
Shipshewana On The Road
3/19/16
3/20/16
2SatValparaiso, IN
Shipshewana On The Road
3/25/16
3/26/16
2FriFort Wayne, IN



Since there isn't a whole lot going on OUTSIDE in Indiana during the beginning of the year - it is a great time to explore your local museums, play with your Christmas presents, use your imagination,  A lot of the zoo animals are more active in cooler weather. Be a tourist in your own hometown, try a new restaurant. Check the links on the right for some entertainment ideas in your area.
Hopefully the rain will let up and we will see some snow this season.  Pokagaon Park toboggan run is open no matter what  - check it out!   

#Indiana #festival #snow #Pokagon #museums #winter #Hoosier

Monday, December 21, 2015

Monday, December 14, 2015

Affordable Trendy Kitchen Updates

Affordable Trendy Kitchen Updates




Sinks, Islands and Color can make a big impact 

#kitchen #realestate #farmsink #paint #centerisland

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Winter Bucket List Ideas for Families in Indianapolis

Winter Bucket List Ideas for Families in Indianapolis

If you are in the Indianapolis area with kids - I recommend you follow the Indianapolis.CityMomsBlog.com

HERE is a link to their recommended list of things to do with the family this winter


2015-2016


#winter #indianapolis #family #moms #dads

Monday, November 30, 2015

It's Beginning to Look a LOT Like Christmas in Indiana

It's Beginning to Look a LOT Like Christmas in Indiana
Check out the events this month



NameDateDaysStart DayCity
Jasper O'tannenbaum Days
12/4/15 
12/6/15
3FriJasper, IN
29th Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair
12/5/15 
12/6/15
2SatMunster, IN
Castle Bands Art & Craft Show12/5/151SatNewburgh, IN
Rocky Ripple Holiday Bazaar12/5/151SatRocky Ripple, IN
Jasper Christmas Craft Show
12/5/15 
12/6/15
2SatJasper, IN
North Side Craft Bazaar12/5/151SatFort Wayne, IN
4th Annual Holiday Affair Vendor & Craft Show12/6/151SunSchererville, IN
Feel The Warmth Christmas Celebration12/7/151MonDunkirk, IN
Christmas On The Square12/12/151SatOrleans, IN
Shipshewana On The Road
12/12/15 
12/13/15
2SatValparaiso, IN
Gift, Food And Craft Show
12/12/15 
12/13/15
2SatValparaiso, IN
Hoosier Road Elementary Holiday Bazaar12/12/151SatFishers, IN
Das Nikolaus Fest12/12/151SatSanta Claus, IN
3rd Annual Holiday Bazaar12/19/151SatGary, IN
Craft & Vendor Show12/19/151SatPortage, IN
South Bend Brewfest1/23/161SatSouth Bend, IN

#christmas #holiday #bazaar #festival #fair #craft #indiana

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Evansville Architechture



Evansville Architechture








A TEDxEvansville talk on architechture "in my neighborhood"


#Evansville #Architechture

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

A TED Talk about Gratitude

A TED Talk about Gratitude

Natures says it best, by Louie Schwartzberg




#gratitude #thanksgiving #nature #TedTalk

Monday, November 23, 2015

Driving Law changes in 2015

Driving Law changes in 2015

Having grandkids driving now has made me more aware of this issue (and my age!).  

The changes actually went into place on July 1st - and they focus on cell phones, nighttime driving and passenger restrictions.

ALL drivers under the age of 21 will NO LONGER be able to use ANY so called cellular device (even hands-free), for ANY purpose while behind the wheel of the car.  The ONLY exception will be in the case of an emergency.  Previously - this only applied to drivers 18 and under.


If you are under the age of 21, the only passengers allowed in your vehicle while you are diving will be your siblings, your children or spouse.

Unsupervised teen drivers 18 and under will have to park their vehicles between the hours of 11pm and 5am on Sunday through Thursday evenings.  No driving is allowed between 1am and 5 am on Saturday and Sunday mornings. The ONLY exceptions will be wor work, school activities or religious event.

There was some good news that happened in July also for teen drivers.  If they complete an approved drivers ed course, they will eligible to a probationary license at the age of 16 and 90 days. The previous rule was 16 and 180 days.  The will also need to have completed a 50 hour supervised driving log and held a permit for at least 180 days.

In regards to that 50 hour diving log - teens under the age of 18 can only complete that log with:
1. A licensed driver ed instructor working under the direction of a licensed driver training school
2. A certified driver rehabilitation specialist recognized by the BMV, employed through a dirver rehab program.
3. A licensed driver at least 25 years of age AND related to the teen by blood, marriage or legal status
4. A spouse of teen driver whom is licensed and at least 21 years of age.

#driving #Indiana #drivereducation #Indianalaw