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Subsidizing thy neighbor

May 14, 2008
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Should a city give incentives to companies that want to leave the city and expand in another town? That question is dogging Muncie officials after they offered a $600,000 loan to a Spanish company that plans to move an auto-parts plant...
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Economy jitters won't go away

May 7, 2008
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Exit polls yesterday showed Hoosiers voted their pocketbooks. Theyâ??re worried about the economy. That has a familiar ring. Many voters made a similar point four years ago when Gov. Mitch Daniels beat Gov. Joe Kernan by promising to improve the economy. Now,...
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The big day is here

May 6, 2008
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Weâ??ve experienced, or maybe endured, one of most intense campaign seasons in memory here in Indiana. Perhaps you were one of the people who pollsters and news organization kept saying would turn this primary election, the undecideds. If you voted in the...
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Debating the toll road lease

April 16, 2008
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As expected, Jim Schellinger and Jill Long Thompson are making Gov. Mitch Danielsâ?? lease of the Indiana Toll Road an issue in their campaign for the Democratic nomination to face him in November. Both Democratic candidates have said they oppose his...
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Thompson's plan for poor counties

April 10, 2008
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One piece of Jill Long Thompsonâ??s economic development platform calls for the stateâ??s offering greater incentives in counties with lower incomes and other measures of well-being. Under her tier system, the less affluent the county, the greater the incentives available to...
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Is IDEM trying to do too much?

April 7, 2008
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Environmental groups are charging that the Indiana Department of Environmental Management is putting a higher priority on jobs and economic development than its fundamental mission of protecting human health and the environment. The Post-Tribune in Merrillville reported over the weekend that...
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Trucks and broken windshields

April 4, 2008
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Who among us hasnâ??t followed a truck only to watch a rock zing off our windshield. Then you notice a sign on the back of the truck saying the likes of â??Stay back 500 feet. Not responsible for broken windshields.â?? The...
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Full circle on panhandlers

March 31, 2008
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Does the political party of Indianapolis mayors influence how they deal with panhandlers, or is it just coincidence? Steve Goldsmith, a Republican, used the police to crack down on panhandlers, pushing many of them out of downtown. In his eight years, Bart...
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Death ponds

March 27, 2008
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It hardly seems like a week goes by anymore without another story about someone sliding into a suburban retention pond and losing their life or at least coming uncomfortably close. Some ponds have become dumping grounds for cars, and now Plainfield...
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Chelsea Clinton's response

March 26, 2008
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Chelsea Clinton has been widely praised for her response to a question at Butler University yesterday about how Monica Lewinsky might have affected her motherâ??s candidacy for president. â??I donâ??t think that is any of your business,â?? Chelsea Clinton shot back. The...
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Tax legislation to become law

March 18, 2008
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Gov. Mitch Daniels is set to sign the property tax legislation tomorrow. Daniels got most of what he proposed last fall. Homeowners get a tax cut, future bills will be capped and the sales tax rises to compensate. Are you happy with...
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Sales tax to rise next month

March 14, 2008
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The state sales tax rises to 7 percent from 6 percent on April 1 if the property tax legislation in the General Assembly becomes law. Youâ??re right. Thatâ??s not even three weeks away. What do you think?...
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Obama coming to town

March 12, 2008
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Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is dropping in on Indianapolis this Saturday for a campaign stop. Will Obama or Hillary do better in Indiana?
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Is Thompson right on jobs?

March 6, 2008
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Earlier this week, Jill Long Thompson, who is running for the Democratic nomination for governor, said Gov. Mitch Danielsâ?? approach to economic development has focused on individual companies to the detriment of big-picture policy changes that could improve the...
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Indiana avoids budget shortfall list

March 4, 2008
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A new report by a Washington, D.C., think tank shows 25 states expect budget shortfalls in their 2009 fiscal years. Illinois and Kentucky are on the list issued by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, but Indiana isnâ??tâ??at least...
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Did court split the baby?

February 29, 2008
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If your friend or relative is hurt in a car accident, but you werenâ??t involved in the accident, is an insurance company obligated to pay you damages for emotional distress? Until this week, the answer was yes. The Indiana Supreme Court More

Daylight-saving time angst

February 27, 2008
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The debate over daylight-saving time never seems to end. University of California-Santa Barbara economists have studied Duke Energy Corp. electricity bills and found that Indianaâ??s switch to daylight-saving time in 2006 cost Duke households $8.6 million extra. Duke operates in the...
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Oppose Daniels, oppose change?

February 26, 2008
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A new statewide poll shows a high correlation between registered voters who intend to vote for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and incumbent Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels. Obama and Daniels are almost polar opposites philosophically, so what gives? Mostly...
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Is film tax break a bad idea?

February 15, 2008
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Gov. Mitch Daniels had sharp words for legislators after they finished overriding his veto of tax breaks for the film industry. â??Itâ??s truly an irresponsible decision, and I canâ??t imagine what they were thinking,â?? he fired off in a statement yesterday. Are...
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Kentucky as gambling competitor

February 15, 2008
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The developing story in Kentucky about its new governorâ??s attempt to legalize casinos isnâ??t getting a lot of play in Indianapolis, but the fallout could be huge if he succeeds. Steve Beshear wants a dozen casinos to try to stop gamblers...
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Township government travails

February 12, 2008
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Center Township Trustee Carl Drummer may be a nice guy, but he sure knows how to squirrel away taxpayer dollars, IBJ reporter Peter Schnitzler showed us in this weekendâ??s IBJ. Drummer has racked up a $7.1 million surplus â??...
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A new desire for streetcars

February 5, 2008
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Electric streetcars are an old idea that should be brought back, some civic leaders believe. IBJ reporter Chris Oâ??Malley writes today that heavyweights including Indiana Convention and Visitors Association President Bob Bedell are backing a not-for-profit called Downtown Indianapolis...
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Are these incentives a good deal?

January 31, 2008
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Gov. Mitch Daniels dished out $6.3 million in incentives as part of Defender Directâ??s expansion announcement yesterday. But was the carrot a good deal for us taxpayers? Defender Direct, which sells home security and satellite dish systems, plans to add 1,100...
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Immigration bill to become law?

January 30, 2008
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The Indiana Senate made its sentiment clear yesterday by approving the immigration bill by the gaping margin of 37-11 and firing it on to the House. This is the bill that would make businesses liable for knowingly hiring illegal immigrants. With this...
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Ranking Indianapolis' best mayor

January 30, 2008
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Former Indianapolis mayors have a way of staying in the news. Richard Lugar has climbed to the top echelons of the U.S. Senate. Bill Hudnut is quoted regularly from his position at the Urban Land Institute, a Washington, D.C., not-for-profit that...
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