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EDITORIAL: Legislature isn't in protection gameRestricted Content

February 2, 2013
Try as we might, we just don't get it. Oh, we understand why liquor store owners don't want Indiana lawmakers to lift long-standing restrictions on Sunday alcohol sales. There's little doubt the state's ban on most carryout sales helps them manage costs and stave off competition from big-box retailers. They admit as much (among other rationale).
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EDITORIAL: If it's a priority, fund accordinglyRestricted Content

January 26, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Gov. Mike Pence insists Indiana can cut taxes, maintain its strong financial position, and fund its priorities, and that the tax cut will stimulate spending and put businesses in a position to add jobs. Whether that’s realistic depends to a great extent on how the state’s priorities are defined and how much should be spent on them.
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EDITORIAL: IPS chief leaves mixed legacy

January 19, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Eugene White is a towering man with an outsized personality to match. When he took the helm of the troubled Indianapolis Public Schools seven years ago, he seemed to have the confidence and determination to steamroll through the changes the district badly needed.
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EDITORIAL: City government's good vibrationsRestricted Content

January 12, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis budget accord announced Jan. 7 by Mayor Greg Ballard and City-County Council leaders is worth at least some polite applause.
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Daniels did his jobRestricted Content

January 5, 2013
 IBJ Staff
To put in perspective the flurry of activity that has been the eight years of the Daniels administration, one must think back to the state he inherited following a succession of solid, but caretaker, governors.
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EDITORIAL: Time for Pence to ditch tax cutRestricted Content

December 29, 2012
Incoming Indiana Gov. Mike Pence may have spent a decade as a U.S. representative. But he is a neophyte when it comes to managing the state budget—unlike legislative warhorses such as Speaker of the House Brian Bosma and Sens. David Long and Luke Kenley.
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EDITORIAL: Doubling down on life sciences is right ideaRestricted Content

December 22, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The Indiana Economic Development Corp.’s proposal to create a $30 million venture fund dedicated to life sciences startups is good news for a valuable sector of our state economy that has been losing out to the more investor-friendly high-tech sector.
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EDITORIAL: Highways, transit not either/or choiceRestricted Content

December 15, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Any discussion of the state’s transportation priorities would be incomplete without including the one topic legislators have been reluctant to take on: mass transit.
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EDITORIAL: Praise for entrepreneurs who seize the momentRestricted Content

December 8, 2012
The three real estate developers profiled in our Commercial Real Estate Focus section this week personify that maxim—wisdom that we often lose sight of in the midst of economic hardship.
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EDITORIAL: Holiday giving should last all yearRestricted Content

December 1, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Tis the season to give—and we’re not talking about the shop-till-you-drop display of conspicuous consumption that started before the Thanksgiving leftovers were even cold.
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EDITORIAL: Transit question is 'how,' not 'if'Restricted Content

November 24, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Mass transit advocates held a rally here to kick off Indy Connect Now, their latest attempt to convince state legislators that voters in Marion and Hamilton counties should be allowed to decide whether to fund creation of a $1.3 billion bus and light rail system in central Indiana.
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EDITORIAL: University bloat ripe for reviewRestricted Content

November 17, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The number of administrative workers at Purdue shot up 54 percent in the past decade, nearly eight times the increase in tenured and non-tenured faculty, Bloomberg reported. Meanwhile, the cost for room, board and other expenses for attending the university swelled 60 percent.
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EDITORIAL: Pence should stick with business game planRestricted Content

November 10, 2012
 IBJ Staff
It will soon be time for newly elected governor Mike Pence to prove his critics wrong. Pence beat challenger John Gregg in a closer-than-expected race in which he was accused of using his campaign’s major themes—jobs and the economy—to hide his conservative social agenda from Hoosier voters.
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EDITORIAL: IndyCar board overreactedRestricted Content

November 3, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The board's dismissal of CEO Randy Bernard seemed to cut a change agent off at the knees, and that could come back to haunt them.
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EDITORIAL: Convention biz needs quick solution to flight woesRestricted Content

October 27, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Last week’s IBJ reported on an entirely different consequence of the direct-flight problem that should—must—break us out of our stupor and get something done.
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EDITORIAL: Council's $15M CIB raid is shortsightedRestricted Content

October 20, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Democrats on the Indianapolis City-County Council who voted to plug a hole in the city budget by charging the Capital Improvement Board $15 million risk creating more problems than they solved.
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EDITORIAL: City waterways plan awash in promiseRestricted Content

October 13, 2012
 IBJ Staff
It’s invigorating to see the big potential of grass-roots economic development efforts. Take, for example, the Reconnecting to Our Waterways initiative, a mammoth plan to use six waterways in the city to attract investment and improve the neighborhoods that surround them.
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EDITORIAL: Residents' health a weighty issueRestricted Content

October 6, 2012
The projections released last month by Trust for America’s Health were sobering: By 2030, more than half of Hoosiers will be obese.
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EDITORIAL: It's time for Mayor Ballard to take the batonRestricted Content

September 29, 2012
 IBJ Staff
A few weeks ago in this space, we called for someone—anyone—to step forward to take a leadership role in resolving the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s labor dispute. The silence has been deafening.
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EDITORIAL: More Brainard scrutiny overdueRestricted Content

September 22, 2012
 IBJ Staff
In a former life, Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard was a real estate attorney. So it shouldn’t surprise anyone that splashy development projects have been a hallmark of his four terms as mayor.
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EDITORIAL: Stop obstructing TIF projectsRestricted Content

September 15, 2012
We applaud the move by certain Democrats on the City-County Council last month to advance a proposal to expand the downtown tax increment financing district. Now we’re counting on the full council to pass it when it’s eligible for consideration at the council’s Sept. 17 meeting.
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EDITORIAL: Rally to save the symphonyRestricted Content

September 8, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra is in a mess that will be hard to recover from, but it’s not too late for the symphony’s depleted management, the musicians and the community to rally and save one of the city’s top cultural attractions before it’s permanently crippled.
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EDITORIAL: Braly ouster overstates failuresRestricted Content

September 1, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Investors heaped criticism on former WellPoint Inc. CEO Angela Braly and called for her ouster in the weeks leading up to her resignation Aug. 28, but her leadership of the health-insurance giant might not be judged so harshly once the smoke clears.
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EDITORIAL: Arts groups deserve supportRestricted Content

August 25, 2012
 IBJ Staff
New research from national advocacy group Americans for the Arts aims to prove that local arts organizations enrich us all, literally as well as figuratively.
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EDITORIAL: Mayor must sign road, benefits measuresRestricted Content

August 18, 2012
 IBJ Staff
One measure provides health care benefits to the domestic partners of city employees. The other, known as Complete Streets, requires that projects be designed to accommodate pedestrians, bicyclists and public transportation, not just cars.
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  1. Why not take some time to do some research before traveling to that Indiana town or city, and find the ones that are no smoking either inside, or have a patio? People like yourself are just being selfish, and unnecessarily trying to take away all indoor venues that smokers can enjoy themselves at. Last time I checked, it is still a free country, and businesses do respond to market pressure and will ban smoking, if there's enough demand by customers for it(i.e. Linebacker Lounge in South Bend, and Rack and Helen's in New Haven, IN, outside of Fort Wayne). Indiana law already unnecessarily forced restaurants with a bar area to be no smoking, so why not support those restaurants that were forced to ban smoking against their will? Also, I'm always surprised at the number of bars that chose to ban smoking on their own, in non-ban parts of Indiana I'll sometimes travel into. Whiting, IN(just southeast of Chicago) has at least a few bars that went no smoking on their own accord, and despite no selfish government ban forcing those bars to make that move against their will! I'd much rather have a balance of both smoking and non-smoking bars, rather than a complete bar smoking ban that'll only force more bars to close their doors. And besides IMO, there are much worser things to worry about, than cigarette smoke inside a bar. If you feel a bar is too smoky, then simply walk out and take your business to a different bar!

  2. As other states are realizing the harm in jailing offenders of marijuana...Indiana steps backwards into the script of Reefer Madness. Well...you guys voted for your Gov...up to you to vote him out. Signed, Citizen of Florida...the next state to have medical marijuana.

  3. It's empowering for this niche community to know that they have an advocate on their side in case things go awry. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lrst9VXVKfE

  4. Apparently the settlement over Angie's List "bundling" charges hasn't stopped the practice! My membership is up for renewal, and I'm on my third email trying to get a "basic" membership rather than the "bundled" version they're trying to charge me for. Frustrating!!

  5. Well....as a vendor to both of these builders I guess I have the right to comment. Davis closed his doors with integrity.He paid me every penny he owed me. Estridge,STILL owes me thousands and thousands of dollars. The last few years of my life have been spent working 2 jobs, paying off the suppliers I used to work on Estridge jobs and just struggling to survive. Shame on you Paul...and shame on you IBJ! Maybe you should have contacted the hundreds of vendors that Paul stiffed. I'm sure your "rises from the ashes" spin on reporting would have contained true stories of real people who have struggled to find work and pay of their debts (something that Paul didn't even attempt to do).

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