Brandon Smith

Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

Indianapolis plays host this week to the Young Democrats of America’s national convention.

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Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill says he won’t appeal a federal judge’s recent decision to temporarily halt the state’s latest anti-abortion law.

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Hoosier taxpayers won’t get an automatic state taxpayer refund in 2019 despite record-level budget reserves.


A change from 2013 explains why the refund wasn’t triggered.


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  Indiana finished its most recent fiscal year with more money in reserve than it’s ever had.


State leaders Thursday were pleasantly surprised by revenue growth over the last year, $266 million more in collections than expected. It's the strongest growth rate since 2012, which Office of Management and Budget Director Cris Johnston calls “comforting” after state officials and lawmakers wrung their hands about money when writing the new state budget earlier this year.


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Indiana Democrats have their first official candidate for governor in the 2020 cycle.