Government & Economic Development

Indiana asks tollway firm to prove financial stability

September 17, 2014
Associated Press
The state agency that oversees the Indiana Toll Road has given the highway's debt-saddled private operator until late November to prove that it's meeting its debt obligations.
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GIPC taps Indy Chamber exec as new director

September 17, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee on Wednesday announced the selection of Molly Deuberry as its new executive director.
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Dems block funding for preschool plan as meeting erupts

September 16, 2014
 Chalkbeat Indiana
The Indianapolis City-County Council’s finance committee voted to table funding for Mayor Greg Ballard’s $50 million preschool expansion plan and quickly adjourned a three-hour meeting Tuesday night despite protests.
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Caterpillar chief: Indiana growing more competitive

September 16, 2014
Norm Heikens
CEO Doug Oberhelman said Tuesday that government overhauls and an aggressive economic development policy have made the state among the most attractive for investment.
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BMV announces overcharges of about $29 million

September 16, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles has announced about 180,000 people will be getting excise tax refunds because their vehicles were improperly classified during registration over the past decade.
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Local mayors tout plan for Red Line transit route

September 16, 2014
The mayors of Indianapolis, Carmel, Westfield and Greenwood on Tuesday announced a potential plan and a timetable for The Red Line, a proposed rapid-transit all-electric bus route that would stretch 28 miles from Hamilton County to Johnson County.
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Indiana reports increase in 2013 workplace deaths

September 16, 2014
Associated Press
The Labor Department reports there were 123 worker deaths last year, up from 115 a year earlier but still the third-lowest number in the past 22 years.
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Sheriffs: Mentally ill people swamping Indiana jails

September 15, 2014
Associated Press
County jails have become the "insane asylum" for Indiana as state hospital care for the mentally ill has declined, a sheriff told a legislative committee in Indianapolis on Monday.
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Opus seeks tax breaks on $10.9M building near airport

September 15, 2014
Jeff Newman
A tax-abatement request for the project filed with the city last week said the 434,400-square-foot flex industrial building will be built on a speculative basis.
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S&P report: Stagnant incomes threaten Indiana revenues

September 15, 2014
Associated Press
Sales tax is Indiana's largest source of revenue. But it is tied to consumer spending, and Americans have become increasingly reluctant to spend as median incomes have remained virtually stagnant over the past 30 years.
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DCS struggles to keep accurate caseload tally

September 14, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana has hired more case workers to keep track of its most vulnerable residents. But complaints about overwork continue to surface as the state battles questions about the accuracy of data on caseloads.
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'Transparent' government often elusive for right and left

September 14, 2014
Associated Press analysis
The promise of "transparent" government is almost universally popular among politicians. But the talking point of transparency often remains just that: a talking point.
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Data deluge prompts teacher colleges to extend training after graduationRestricted Content

September 13, 2014
J.K. Wall
Rattled by new state teacher ratings, the colleges hope to avoid black eyes, themselves.
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Hamilton County communities battle tax appeals

September 13, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Carmel, Fishers and Noblesville are trying to head off appeals that cause tax revenue to come in lower than expected, especially for projects within tax-increment-financing districts.
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State expands program excusing some workplaces from surprise inspections

September 13, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Cited for lax enforcement in the past, Indiana’s workplace safety agency wants to recruit more companies into an honor-system program that takes them off the list for surprise inspections.
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Melangton leaving Sports Corp. for IMS

September 12, 2014
Greg Andrews, Jeff Newman, Anthony Schoettle
Allison Melangton plans to step down as Indiana Sports Corp. president and will become senior vice president of events with Hulman & Co., parent of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Ryan Vaughn, chief of staff to Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, will succeed Melangton.
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Lilly execs make pitch for local preschool education

September 12, 2014
Jared Council
Eli Lilly and Co. executives on Friday repeated their plea to local businesses to support early childhood education, highlighting the work force development and crime-reduction benefits associated with the effort.
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Bayh says no to 2016 run for Indiana governor

September 12, 2014
Associated Press
Former Gov. Evan Bayh said Friday in a written statement that he has decided not to run for governor in 2016, after seriously considering it.
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Democrats raise doubts about Ballard’s preschool plan

September 11, 2014
Hayleigh Colombo, Chalkbeat indiana
Funding concerns involving the homestead credit have prompted work on an alternative plan that Democrats expect to unveil soon.
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Financial services firm to hire up to 153 in Castleton

September 10, 2014
Greg Andrews
Chicago-based Cortland Capital Market Services, which has $40 billion in assets under administration, has begun hiring for a variety of financial positions. The Indiana Economic Development Corp. has agreed to provide Cortland up to $1.8 million in tax credits.
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Pence says pricey new program will save money

September 9, 2014
Associated Press
Gov. Mike Pence unveiled a new government management program Tuesday, one that he promised will improve efficiency and save the state money in the long run but that comes with a hefty price tag.
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Kokomo council rejects ban on smoking in bars

September 9, 2014
Associated Press
Council members voted 5-4 Monday night to defeat the proposed ordinance after one councilman who voted to support it last month switched his vote.
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Feds OKs $1.8 million for health exchange helpers

September 9, 2014
Associated Press
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is sending Indiana money to help the state's health care plan navigators sign up more residents through a federally run exchange.
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Harlan Bakeries plans $13M expansion in Avon

September 8, 2014
Jeff Newman
The company, one of Hendricks County's largest employers, said the expansion will help it retain 700 workers at its flagship plant
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U.S.-Japan group calls for finishing trade pact

September 8, 2014
Associated Press
Government officials from the United States and Japan called Monday for completion of an international trade agreement that they said would strengthen ties between the two allies and help both countries recover from their own economic struggles.
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  1. I never thought I'd see the day when a Republican Mayor would lead the charge in attempting to raise every tax we have to pay. Now it's income taxes and property taxes that Ballard wants to increase. And to pay for a pre-K program? Many studies have shown that pre-K offer no long-term educational benefits whatsoever. And Ballard is pitching it as a way of fighting crime? Who is he kidding? It's about government provided day care. It's a shame that we elected a Republican who has turned out to be a huge big spending, big taxing, big borrowing liberal Democrat.

  2. Why do we blame the unions? They did not create the 11 different school districts that are the root of the problem.

  3. I was just watching an AOW race from cleveland in 1997...in addition to the 65K for the race, there were more people in boats watching that race from the lake than were IndyCar fans watching the 2014 IndyCar season finale in the Fontana grandstands. Just sayin...That's some resurgence modern IndyCar has going. Almost profitable, nobody in the grandstands and TV ratings dropping 61% at some tracks in the series. Business model..."CRAZY" as said by a NASCAR track general manager. Yup, this thing is purring like a cat! Sponsors...send them your cash, pronto!!! LOL, not a chance.

  4. I'm sure Indiana is paradise for the wealthy and affluent, but what about the rest of us? Over the last 40 years, conservatives and the business elite have run this country (and state)into the ground. The pendulum will swing back as more moderate voters get tired of Reaganomics and regressive social policies. Add to that the wave of minority voters coming up in the next 10 to 15 years and things will get better. unfortunately we have to suffer through 10 more years of gerrymandered districts and dispropionate representation.

  5. Funny thing....rich people telling poor people how bad the other rich people are wanting to cut benefits/school etc and that they should vote for those rich people that just did it. Just saying..............

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