Government & Economic Development

Mayoral roundup: Republicans dominate elections

November 9, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
A Republican Party tally gives the GOP a 61-54 majority over Democrats among the state's mayor's offices — a shift from a 68-48 Democratic lead.
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Dems gain 16-13 edge on City-County Council

November 9, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Democrats won control of the Indianapolis City-County Council on Tuesday, capturing 16 of 29 seats and taking over the city’s legislative body for the first time since 2007.
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Ballard cruises to victory in bid for second term

November 8, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard won a second term Tuesday, pulling off a solid victory against Democratic challenger Melina Kennedy by claiming more than 51 percent of the vote.
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Democrats win mayoral elections in Fort Wayne, Muncie

November 8, 2011
Associated Press
Democrat Tom Henry has won a second term as mayor of Fort Wayne after a bitter campaign. Meanwhile, Muncie elected its first Democratic mayor in 20 years and Anderson elected a Republican.
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Incumbent defeats Speedway exec in Terre Haute

November 8, 2011
Associated Press
Republican Duke Bennett was elected for a second term Tuesday, defeating Democrat Fred Nation, an Indianapolis Motor Speedway executive.
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South Bend elects 29-year-old former Rhodes scholar

November 8, 2011
Associated Press
South Bend residents elected former Rhodes scholar and Democrat Pete Buttigieg as mayor as he easily defeated Republican Wayne Curry.
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Few polling problems reported in Marion County

November 8, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indiana voters are deciding Tuesday who will lead their cities for the next four years, providing an early barometer of their mood heading into a presidential election year.
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Auto supplier plans to add 100 jobs in Logansport

November 8, 2011
Federal-Mogul Corp. said it will add the jobs next year as part of a $2.7 million expansion to purchase new machinery and equipment for its 170,000-square-foot manufacturing plant and 15,000-square-foot technical center.
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Mayoral election outcome could hinge on turnout

November 7, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
The fate of mayoral and City-County Council candidates in Tuesday’s election is likely to come down to turnout in a few key districts, including Center Township and southern Marion County.
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Congress moves to create new farm subsidy

November 7, 2011
Associated Press
Farm-state lawmakers are moving to create a whole new subsidy that would protect farmers when their revenue drops — an unprecedented program that critics say could pay billions of dollars to farmers now enjoying record-high crop prices.
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Candidates downplay party labels in campaigns

November 6, 2011
Associated Press
The "unbranding" of the Indiana candidates is a clear political strategy as more voters tend to shed their party affiliation and identify themselves as independents.
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New Indiana commerce chief focuses on small companies

November 6, 2011
Associated Press
The new head of the Indiana Economic Development Corp. says the agency is turning its focus to smaller companies and getting them to relocate to the state so they can build their roots.
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New booze permits unleash gold rushRestricted Content

November 5, 2011
Cory Schouten
The Indiana Alcohol & Tobacco Commission plans to sell up to 101 new three-way restaurant permits for Marion County at an auction Nov. 18. The offering follows a recalculation—using fresh U.S. Census numbers—of how many permits should be distributed in the city.
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State mulls ditching traditional pensionsRestricted Content

November 5, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Lawmakers are mulling converting the state’s pension system into a 401(k)-like model, bringing Indiana into the heated national debate over public pensions.
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Indianapolis' tech sector getting some Silicon Valley credRestricted Content

November 5, 2011
Chris O'Malley
TechPoint’s 13th annual technology summit might be more notable not for who is on the formal agenda but for who is in the audience.
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Court case might roil not-for-profit tax rulesRestricted Content

November 5, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
A Bartholomew County not-for-profit affordable housing development group is preparing to fight in Indiana Tax Court a denial of its property-tax exemption. The denial has put the organization $200,000 in debt and its rental homes in danger of tax foreclosure.
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City's original Carnegie library hits the century markRestricted Content

November 5, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The branch at 2822 E. Washington St. was one of five libraries in the city built with funds from the Andrew Carnegie Foundation.
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Daniels says 'right-to-work' law would help Indiana

November 4, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels said a right-to-work law would make the state more competitive when its comes to business-expansion opportunities.
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Lawmakers looking for solutions to online sales tax issue

November 4, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
At least one Indiana lawmaker plans to file a bill requiring the state to collect sales taxes from online retailers like Amazon.com. Other state lawmakers are working on a federal solution.
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Turkish manufacturer selects Muncie for U.S. headquarters

November 4, 2011
Kermit USA, a manufacturer and distributor of resin-composite roofing systems, plans to add 70 jobs by 2016 as part of a $12.5 million expansion in the Delaware County city.
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Unemployment dips despite decline in pace of hiring

November 4, 2011
Associated Press
The national economy added 80,000 jobs last month, the fewest in four months, but the unemployment rate dipped from 9.1 percent to 9 percent.
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Indiana continues modest tax-collection gains

November 3, 2011
Associated Press
The state announced Thursday it took in nearly $41 million more than expected last month. The state overshot its estimates by a modest 3.8 percent although collections are vastly improved from a year ago.
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Simon sues state over sales-tax loophole for Amazon.com

November 3, 2011
Cory Schouten
Simon Property Group Inc. has filed suit against the Indiana Department of Revenue in an attempt to force the state to collect sales taxes from Amazon.com Inc.
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City files nuisance charges against property owner

November 3, 2011
The complaint alleges that David J. Williams' properties have been the subject of more than 400 violations and have generated more than 30 police reports for criminal activity.
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Indiana Fair stage collapse legal claims reach 100

November 2, 2011
Associated Press
The deadline for victims of the deadly Indiana State Fair stage collapse to file legal claims with the state has passed, and officials say they're close to figuring out how much to pay each victim out of the allotted $5 million.
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  1. to mention the rest of Molly's experience- she served as Communications Director for the Indianapolis Department of Public Works and also did communications for the state. She's incredibly qualified for this role and has a real love for Indianapolis and Indiana. Best of luck to her!

  2. Shall we not demand the same scrutiny for law schools, med schools, heaven forbid, business schools, etc.? How many law school grads are servers? How many business start ups fail and how many business grads get low paying jobs because there are so few high paying positions available? Why does our legislature continue to demean public schools and give taxpayer dollars to charters and private schools, ($171 million last year), rather than investing in our community schools? We are on a course of disaster regarding our public school attitudes unless we change our thinking in a short time.

  3. I agree with the other reader's comment about the chunky tomato soup. I found myself wanting a breadstick to dip into it. It tasted more like a marinara sauce; I couldn't eat it as a soup. In general, I liked the place... but doubt that I'll frequent it once the novelty wears off.

  4. The Indiana toll road used to have some of the cleanest bathrooms you could find on the road. After the lease they went downhill quickly. While not the grossest you'll see, they hover a bit below average. Am not sure if this is indicative of the entire deal or merely a portion of it. But the goals of anyone taking over the lease will always be at odds. The fewer repairs they make, the more money they earn since they have a virtual monopoly on travel from Cleveland to Chicago. So they only comply to satisfy the rules. It's hard to hand public works over to private enterprise. The incentives are misaligned. In true competition, you'd have multiple roads, each build by different companies motivated to make theirs more attractive. Working to attract customers is very different than working to maximize profit on people who have no choice but to choose your road. Of course, we all know two roads would be even more ridiculous.

  5. The State is in a perfect position. The consortium overpaid for leasing the toll road. Good for the State. The money they paid is being used across the State to upgrade roads and bridges and employ people at at time most of the country is scrambling to fund basic repairs. Good for the State. Indiana taxpayers are no longer subsidizing the toll roads to the tune of millions a year as we had for the last 20 years because the legislature did not have the guts to raise tolls. Good for the State. If the consortium fails, they either find another operator, acceptable to the State, to buy them out or the road gets turned back over to the State and we keep the Billions. Good for the State. Pat Bauer is no longer the Majority or Minority Leader of the House. Good for the State. Anyway you look at this, the State received billions of dollars for an assett the taxpayers were subsidizing, the State does not have to pay to maintain the road for 70 years. I am having trouble seeing the downside.

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