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Did Lilly get preferential treatment on a disputable billboard ad?

November 4, 2010
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Billboard companies spiked the cancer ad. But Citizens Gas or WellPoint might have gotten a different result.
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NFIB chief fears sales tax talk

September 3, 2010
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As legislators scout for revenue, Quandt says small businesses could be hit from two directions.
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Notaries headed toward endangered list

July 30, 2010
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The number of notary publics, a group that proudly dates its services back a couple of thousand years or more, is in free fall.
 
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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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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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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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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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Indy turns architectural corner

February 8, 2010
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A Ball State architect thinks Indianapolis residents will like what they see in the new J.W. Marriott hotel downtown and beat drums for more interesting buildings.
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Underrated entrepreneurs

February 5, 2010
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The Indianapolis area is home to myriad unsung entrepreneurs who run interesting companies, make money and create good jobs. Here are some of them.
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Thoughts on the Tebow ad

February 1, 2010
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From the perspective of return on investment, the Super Bowl ad might be considered a failure.
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Real estate commissions

December 30, 2009
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Realtor incomes went down this year despite a miniscule increase in commission rates.
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Bye-bye, billable hour?

May 15, 2009
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A staple of professional services, the billable hour, is beginning to erode. Law firms increasingly are being asked to shoot a set price for a specific service, and now the movement is spreading to advertising, as Coca-Cola announced...
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Measuring your performance

April 24, 2009
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From the beginning of time, engineering and the hard sciences have been held to account by laws of nature because results of faulty reasoning are obvious. Heavy airplanes wonâ??t leave the ground, patients given the wrong drug die. In recent decades...
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Preparing for the turnaround

April 21, 2009
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In his conversations with business owners and CEOs, Carmel consultant Bud Roth sees attitudes about the recession changing, but not changing enough. Many leaders have figured out whether or not their organizations will survive, says Roth, who was vice president of...
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Katz Sapper's embarrassment

December 17, 2008
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Yesterdayâ??s disclosure by KSM Capital Advisors that its clients might be out $15 million from the alleged Madoff scandal probably wonâ??t be the last local fallout. At minimum, it has been a stressful and embarrassing time for a...
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Legal news keeps coming

December 2, 2008
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Law firm mergers keep making news. IBJ Scott Olson reported this morning that Ice Miller is about to join with Greenebaum Doll & McDonald in Louisville. In May, Sommer Barnard was absorbed by Taft Stettinius &...
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Headhunter: Market not so bad

October 31, 2008
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A corporate recruiter says employers in Indianapolis arenâ??t acting like their counterparts elsewhere in the country, if headlines are to be believed. The employment market here has stayed fairly resilient, says Steve Mattei, a partner in Pinnacle Partners Inc. Pinnacle specializes in...
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Cheering up the real estate crowd

September 30, 2008
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Imagine being asked to speak to a crowd hit by the biggest downturn in its industry in decades, and motivate them to get back out there and keep selling. Or try to sell. Thatâ??s what Dan Lappin faces when he speaks...
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Is Hall Render marooned at No. 2?

June 18, 2008
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If a high rank brings bragging rights and marketing juice, then the Indianapolis law firm of Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman (permission granted to catch your breath) has plenty of ammo. But it never quite gets the most ammo. Hall Render...
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Taxing lawyers, docs, Realtors

January 7, 2008
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Your lawyer probably isnâ??t complaining. Neither would your doctor, Realtor or accountant. In all the talk about reforming property taxes, hardly a word has been said about shifting some of the property tax burden to services. That means some of the most...
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  1. I am not by any means judging whether this is a good or bad project. It's pretty simple, the developers are not showing a hardship or need for this economic incentive. It is a vacant field, the easiest for development, and the developer already has the money to invest $26 million for construction. If they can afford that, they can afford to pay property taxes just like the rest of the residents do. As well, an average of $15/hour is an absolute joke in terms of economic development. Get in high paying jobs and maybe there's a different story. But that's the problem with this ask, it is speculative and users are just not known.

  2. Shouldn't this be a museum

  3. I don't have a problem with higher taxes, since it is obvious that our city is not adequately funded. And Ballard doesn't want to admit it, but he has increased taxes indirectly by 1) selling assets and spending the money, 2) letting now private entities increase user fees which were previously capped, 3) by spending reserves, and 4) by heavy dependence on TIFs. At the end, these are all indirect tax increases since someone will eventually have to pay for them. It's mathematics. You put property tax caps ("tax cut"), but you don't cut expenditures (justifiably so), so you increase taxes indirectly.

  4. Marijuana is the safest natural drug grown. Addiction is never physical. Marijuana health benefits are far more reaching then synthesized drugs. Abbott, Lilly, and the thousands of others create poisons and label them as medication. There is no current manufactured drug on the market that does not pose immediate and long term threat to the human anatomy. Certainly the potency of marijuana has increased by hybrids and growing techniques. However, Alcohol has been proven to destroy more families, relationships, cause more deaths and injuries in addition to the damage done to the body. Many confrontations such as domestic violence and other crimes can be attributed to alcohol. The criminal activities and injustices that surround marijuana exists because it is illegal in much of the world. If legalized throughout the world you would see a dramatic decrease in such activities and a savings to many countries for legal prosecutions, incarceration etc in regards to marijuana. It indeed can create wealth for the government by collecting taxes, creating jobs, etc.... I personally do not partake. I do hope it is legalized throughout the world.

  5. Build the resevoir. If built this will provide jobs and a reason to visit Anderson. The city needs to do something to differentiate itself from other cities in the area. Kudos to people with vision that are backing this project.

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