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The new education chief

April 22, 2009
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Tony Bennett has been state superintendent of public instruction for just three months, but heâ??s making plenty of waves. Bennett, who replaced longtime chief Suellen Reed after she decided not to run for re-election, has not abandoned his campaign...
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Food, children and bars

March 3, 2009
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More bars in the state are allowing minors â?? people under age 21 â?? with the proviso that parents are there, too. State law also stipulates a barrier separating bars and family dining areas. Supporters of the trend say...
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'Livability' for Indianapolis

February 23, 2009
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A year into his tenure as mayor of Indianapolis, Greg Ballard over the weekend articulated what may be the closest thing weâ??ll hear for his vision for the city. Ballardâ??s State of the City address touted making Indianapolis the...
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Wobbly on township government

February 12, 2009
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State legislators seem to be looking for excuses to dodge the recommendation in the Kernan-Shepard report to eliminate township-level government. This wasnâ??t unexpected. Township officials often are close friends and political allies of legislators, so the legislators donâ??t want...
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Tap the rainy day fund?

February 9, 2009
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The weakening economy is producing worse and worse tax revenue forecasts for Indiana. As a result, Democrats are calling for Gov. Mitch Daniels, a Republican, to open the stateâ??s $1.3 billion rainy day fund. Tough times like these are what...
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Tax cheats, or just ignorance?

February 6, 2009
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A third nominee to join the Obama administration has gone down in flames after revelations about problems with income taxes. A Senate panel last night called off confirmation hearings for U.S. Rep. Hilda Solis, who was nominated to lead the Labor...
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Obama and executive salary caps

February 5, 2009
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All things considered, there shouldnâ??t be a fuss about President Obamaâ??s plan to cap salaries of executives in companies that receive federal bailouts. Thatâ??s the take of Dan Dalton, an Indiana University specialist on corporate governance. Dalton points out that...
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Hoosier lessons for Obama

January 20, 2009
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Some people went ballistic when $40 million was spent on George W. Bushâ??s inauguration in 2001, and now $120 million is going toward Barack Obamaâ??s inauguration festivities today â?? much of it donated, of course. Few people would argue against celebrating...
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Daniels' budget axing priorities?

January 7, 2009
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Gov. Mitch Daniels said yesterday he wants to spare schools and public safety from the scalpel as he looks to prepare an honestly balanced budget during a time of declining tax revenue. But Democrats accuse the Republican of crimping...
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Backsliding on environment?

December 30, 2008
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One of the most curious developments underway in state government is the moves by the Department of Environmental Management to back peddle on its mandate to keep an eye on polluters. Environmental groups are aghast at IDEMâ??s plan to slap penalties...
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Tough budget choices for state

December 29, 2008
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Gov. Mitch Daniels has ordered a string of budget cuts as the recession hammers tax revenue, and the upcoming General Assembly promises to generate squabbles over what little money is left to spend. If you were governor, what would...
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Pondering corruption

December 10, 2008
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Yet another Illinois governor is going down in legal flames, as Rod Blagojevich struggles to extricate himself from federal accusations that he brazenly tried to peddle Barack Obamaâ??s Senate seat to the highest bidder. So, weâ??re reminded again that power corrupts....
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Questions about Detroit's bench

December 8, 2008
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Politicians are about to step in for directors and force sweeping changes on the Detroit car companies, judging from the direction of talks in Congress. Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd yesterday called for the firing of General Motors...
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Smoking ban back on the table

November 19, 2008
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Smoking in public places is in retreat across the country, and now Charlie Brown, the state representative from Gary, wants to ban it in bars, casinos and other enclosed places in Indiana. Brown plans to introduce a bill during...
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A tiny Indiana bank and the bailout

November 18, 2008
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Newton County Loan & Savings bank couldnâ??t be more out of the way â?? or more relevant in this day of government bailouts. The thrift is in Goodland, a burg between Lafayette and Chicago, and has all of $7.3 million in...
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Bail out Detroit?

November 17, 2008
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Two schools of thought are emerging over the proposed bailout of General Motors, Ford and Chrysler. One is that the auto industry is too big to fail. Itâ??s not just because of the manufacturing operations and all the suppliers...
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Whatâ??s next for Daniels?

November 12, 2008
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Mitch Daniels has plenty of reason to feel good about himself these days. Last week, he won reelection in a landslide after cutting a wake through a change-averse state, and without going negative on his opponent, Jill Long Thompson. Daniels also needs...
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After assessors, what's next?

November 6, 2008
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Indiana voters this week in effect fired most of the remaining township assessors after the Legislature merged the vast majority of their work into county-level assessor offices earlier this year. But many of the recommendations from the report on...
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Obama, Daniels and Indiana

November 5, 2008
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Change agents Barack Obama and Mitch Daniels won over Hoosiers yesterday, but from different ends of the political spectrum. Barack Obama took the state after a campaign in which he promised to increase regulations on business, raise taxes on...
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There's gotta be a better way

November 4, 2008
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We live in the country that invented the light bulb, put a man on the moon and cracked the human genome, but weâ??re still standing in line to vote. Election Day is evolving into Election Month as more people make decisions...
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Nuclear war, assessors and voters

November 3, 2008
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Following a nuclear holocaust, itâ??s been said, only cockroaches and township assessors will be left. Now, assessors might finally meet their match in something more powerful than atomic weapons â?? voters. The Legislature wiped out a warren of them this year when...
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Bringing on the generic drugs

October 30, 2008
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Times are tough enough that more people are beginning to switch to generic drugs to save money. Insurers like Indianapolis-based WellPoint are playing a role, too, by pushing policy holders toward generics. People also are splitting pills...
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Concerns of a state health official

October 29, 2008
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One of the people responsible for ensuring we stay healthy is Dr. Judy Monroe, who directs the Indiana Department of Health. So, what keeps someone with a job like hers up at night? A nightmare scenario is a new virus that quickly...
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A historian previews the election

October 8, 2008
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Jerry Handfield hasnâ??t lived in Indiana since 2001, when he moved to Washington to take a similar job overseeing that stateâ??s archives. But Handfield still keeps tabs on Indiana. So much so that he checks the Weather Channel when tornadoes rip...
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Race and the Obama vote

October 7, 2008
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Yet another poll shows the contest between John McCain and Barack Obama as too close to call in Indiana. The WISH-TV Channel 13 survey has each with 46 percent of likely voters. With margins like this, the election could...
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  1. The east side does have potential...and I have always thought Washington Scare should become an outlet mall. Anyone remember how popular Eastgate was? Well, Indy has no outlet malls, we have to go to Edinburgh for the deep discounts and I don't understand why. Jim is right. We need a few good eastsiders interested in actually making some noise and trying to change the commerce, culture and stereotypes of the East side. Irvington is very progressive and making great strides, why can't the far east side ride on their coat tails to make some changes?

  2. Boston.com has an article from 2010 where they talk about how Interactions moved to Massachusetts in the year prior. http://www.boston.com/business/technology/innoeco/2010/07/interactions_banks_63_million.html The article includes a link back to that Inside Indiana Business press release I linked to earlier, snarkily noting, "Guess this 2006 plan to create 200-plus new jobs in Indiana didn't exactly work out."

  3. I live on the east side and I have read all your comments. a local paper just did an article on Washington square mall with just as many comments and concerns. I am not sure if they are still around, but there was an east side coalition with good intentions to do good things on the east side. And there is a facebook post that called my eastside indy with many old members of the eastside who voice concerns about the east side of the city. We need to come together and not just complain and moan, but come up with actual concrete solutions, because what Dal said is very very true- the eastside could be a goldmine in the right hands. But if anyone is going damn, and change things, it is us eastside residents

  4. Please go back re-read your economics text book and the fine print on the February 2014 CBO report. A minimum wage increase has never resulted in a net job loss...

  5. The GOP at the Statehouse is more interested in PR to keep their majority, than using it to get anything good actually done. The State continues its downward spiral.

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