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IU, Purdue enter arms race

Cory Schouten
January 30, 2008
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Two donors recently came forward to support the $82 million renovation of Purdue University’s Mackey Arena. Tom Spurgeon, a 1961 alumnus and current Purdue trustee, has contributed $3 million toward the project. The gymnasium in the student-athlete academic center will be...
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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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Sneak peek at "Great Ideas"

Bruce Hetrick
January 30, 2008
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Elsewhere at ibj.com, Jennifer Whitson reports on the Arts Council of Indianapolis’ selection of two projects as winners in this year’s “Great Ideas” contest. More

Tony townhouses on Penn

Cory Schouten
January 30, 2008
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Indianapolis developer Axia Urban LLP is putting the finishing touches on Penn Townhouses, a part of its Meridian at 21 development north of downtown. From the outside,...
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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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Pacers fan fallout

Cory Schouten
January 29, 2008
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There’s been a lot of feedback regarding the article about the Indiana Pacers’ attendance problem that appeared in this week’s IBJ. A growing number of readers say they won’t be going to Pacers games anytime soon—even if the team starts...
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Super Bowl study

Cory Schouten
January 29, 2008
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Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard has made quite a production of putting together an executive team to study whether bidding to be the host of the 2012 Super Bowl is a worthwhile endeavor. Some in the sports business sector are not quite...
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Are unions making a comeback?

January 29, 2008
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Weâ??re accustomed to hearing that unions represent a smaller and smaller proportion of the American work force. Yet, government figures released last week show the first increase in union membership in 24 years, with about 12.1 percent of workers in unions....
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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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