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An ode to utility workers

July 13, 2010
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They're some of the most stable people in the state, a new study shows.
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Sue Shields' faves for state supreme court

July 8, 2010
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Legendary former judge would prefer that three women—and a man—go to Daniels for a final choice.
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Is alternative energy sustainable in Indiana?

July 7, 2010
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An economic development observer questions what will happen after the feds turn off the tap.
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ArcelorMittal throws down gauntlet on gun law

July 1, 2010
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Steelmaker’s decision to forbid guns at work despite Indiana’s new statute will likely spark a lawsuit.
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Was Daniels right about the Court of Appeals?

June 30, 2010
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The state Supreme Court rammed an appeals court decision on Indiana’s voter ID bill down its throat. Was the appellate decision “judicial arrogance?”
 
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Study calls for restricting development in Indy area

June 29, 2010
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Prime farmland is disappearing fast, Indiana University researcher warns.
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Comings and goings in the Indy area

June 22, 2010
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A clever interactive map shows where locals are moving to and where the new locals hail from.
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Indy job recovery still underway

June 18, 2010
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Mixed unemployment report has some positive nuggets.
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Pining for Amoco

June 17, 2010
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Maybe BP (Big Problems?) could have avoided one of its woes by leaving a household name alone.
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How federal pork suppresses business

June 15, 2010
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A Harvard study shows companies suffer when politicians deluge their states with federal dollars.
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A peer remembers Will Koch

June 14, 2010
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An admiring amusement park operator says nobody managed better than the late CEO of Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari.
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Bloomington chamber steps into Arizona boycott debate

June 11, 2010
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The real hurt is being felt right in Bloomington, the biz group complains.
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Recession poster child bouncing back

June 9, 2010
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The Elkhart area—used as a backdrop three times by Barack Obama to talk up his economic policies—is making a comeback.
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People are quitting jobs; that's a good thing

June 9, 2010
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An improved economy is giving workers confidence to jump.
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Nipping estate feuds in the bud

June 7, 2010
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A lawyer says too many parents withhold information about estate from heirs and unwittingly set up the heirs for a battle.
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Merit pay fireworks in the next General Assembly?

June 4, 2010
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A Republican takeover might spark a run at teacher merit pay and even right-to-work legislation.
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Bloomington piles into Arizona boycott

June 3, 2010
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City officials in Bloomington have decided to stop buying goods and services from companies based in Arizona. Neither will the city send its officials to Arizona for conferences.
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Downstream problems with professionals

June 2, 2010
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Should engineers be required to spend time in repair shops, and architects with the lunch bucket crowd?
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Time to bring I-69 downtown?

May 28, 2010
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Dusting off the original plans to extend the highway from I-465 to downtown would ease congestion. But, oh, the downsides.
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One thing that's going right in Indiana

May 27, 2010
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In a state where education, incomes and health suffer, there’s more water than anyone knows what do to with.
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Shaking up the Indy 500

May 26, 2010
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Looser restrictions, and the potential for more innovation, could bring back some of the old luster.
 
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The perils of measuring 'success'

May 10, 2010
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A philanthropy expert thinks donors could unwittingly undermine their dollars and time by insisting on too much documentation.
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Travails continue at for-profit colleges

May 7, 2010
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ITT Educational is getting whipsawed with unflattering news on the industry.
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Some law firms are mouthfuls

May 6, 2010
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Indianapolis still has some doozies in an era when the savviest firms are trimming to the optimal two names.
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Regulators ripped in Irwin Financial postmortem

May 5, 2010
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The Chicago Fed missed several chances to rein in explosive growth before the prominent bank failed. But the deeper question is, what was Will Miller thinking?
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  1. Aaron is my fav!

  2. Let's see... $25M construction cost, they get $7.5M back from federal taxpayers, they're exempt from business property tax and use tax so that's about $2.5M PER YEAR they don't have to pay, permitting fees are cut in half for such projects, IPL will give them $4K under an incentive program, and under IPL's VFIT they'll be selling the power to IPL at 20 cents / kwh, nearly triple what a gas plant gets, about $6M / year for the 150-acre combined farms, and all of which is passed on to IPL customers. No jobs will be created either other than an handful of installers for a few weeks. Now here's the fun part...the panels (from CHINA) only cost about $5M on Alibaba, so where's the rest of the $25M going? Are they marking up the price to drive up the federal rebate? Indy Airport Solar Partners II LLC is owned by local firms Johnson-Melloh Solutions and Telemon Corp. They'll gross $6M / year in triple-rate power revenue, get another $12M next year from taxpayers for this new farm, on top of the $12M they got from taxpayers this year for the first farm, and have only laid out about $10-12M in materials plus installation labor for both farms combined, and $500K / year in annual land lease for both farms (est.). Over 15 years, that's over $70M net profit on a $12M investment, all from our wallets. What a boondoggle. It's time to wise up and give Thorium Energy your serious consideration. See http://energyfromthorium.com to learn more.

  3. Markus, I don't think a $2 Billion dollar surplus qualifies as saying we are out of money. Privatization does work. The government should only do what private industry can't or won't. What is proven is that any time the government tries to do something it costs more, comes in late and usually is lower quality.

  4. Some of the licenses that were added during Daniels' administration, such as requiring waiter/waitresses to be licensed to serve alcohol, are simply a way to generate revenue. At $35/server every 3 years, the state is generating millions of dollars on the backs of people who really need/want to work.

  5. I always giggle when I read comments from people complaining that a market is "too saturated" with one thing or another. What does that even mean? If someone is able to open and sustain a new business, whether you think there is room enough for them or not, more power to them. Personally, I love visiting as many of the new local breweries as possible. You do realize that most of these establishments include a dining component and therefore are pretty similar to restaurants, right? When was the last time I heard someone say "You know, I think we have too many locally owned restaurants"? Um, never...

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