Government & Economic Development

Indiana's unemployment rate ticks up to 8.3 percent

July 22, 2011
 IBJ Staff
After remaining stagnant in April and May, the state's jobless rate rose one-tenth of a point in June.
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Birth control coverage required in U.S. health plan

July 19, 2011
Health insurers led by WellPoint Inc. would be required to cover birth control pills and devices at no cost to patients under the recommendation of a top U.S. scientific advisory board. .
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Lugar going on TV early in 2012 Senate race

July 19, 2011
Associated Press
Republican U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar is attacking President Barack Obama and showing himself with former President Ronald Reagan in his first campaign ad in what will likely be a tough re-election contest.
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Indiana AG won't appeal immigration ruling

July 19, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller says he won't appeal a federal judge's decision to temporarily block part of a new state immigration law but will continue to fight against a ruling that would make the ban permanent.
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Former federal prosecutor plans run against Burton

July 19, 2011
Associated Press
Susan Brooks announced Tuesday she will challenge Dan Burton in the May 2012 Republican primary to represent Indiana's 5th District.
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City ready to take down 1,100 abandoned homes

July 18, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
With the sale of its water and sewer utilities cleared by regulators, the city of Indianapolis is preparing to deploy $15 million to $25 million in funds from the deal into tearing down abandoned houses.
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Notorious I-69 interchange slated for big upgradeRestricted Content

July 16, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Getting onto and off of Interstate 69 at the 116th Street exit has long been a nail-biting experience, but traffic planners are about to propose reconstruction to unplug the bottleneck.
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Attorneys to get big cut of $300K OmniSource settlement

July 15, 2011
Cory Schouten
An OmniSource executive says the company wouldn't have made the settlement with the Marion County prosecutor if it knew more than a third of the cash wouldn't be going to Indianapolis police for training programs.
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Local IT consultancy plans to add 200 jobs

July 14, 2011
Knowledge Services, an Indianapolis-based information technology firm, plans to lease additional office space on the city’s north-east side to make way for 200 more workers by 2015.
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Cities weigh new law allowing bigger tax breaks

July 13, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Communities across the state are trying to decide how they will use a new law that provides them more flexibility to employ economic development incentives but could increase pressure to give companies more tax breaks.
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City seeking long-term operator of Eagle Creek course

July 12, 2011
Scott Olson
Bids are due by July 29 for an eight-year contract to manage the golf club. The city intends to sue the former operator in an attempt to recover more than $200,000 after he defaulted on a $3.5 million loan.
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City seeks to close south-side hotel on nuisance charges

July 12, 2011
The owners of the Traveler's Inn on Bluff Road face public nuisance charges and are accused of operating without a proper business license, according to a lawsuit filed by the city on Monday.
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Legislative safeguards can't keep state from court

July 10, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana conservatives appeared to win major national victories with a trio of laws passed this year, but rebukes from a pair of federal judges and a lawsuit raised questions about how proposed laws are vetted for legal issues before they get to a vote.
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Indiana first to require drug tests for job training

July 9, 2011
Associated Press
The U.S. Department of Labor says Indiana is the first state to require drug testing of people seeking job training. But at least 30 states have considered requiring drug tests for those receiving government assistance.
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Daniels revives agency mistakenly canceled

July 9, 2011
Associated Press
Gov. Mitch Daniels has signed an order restoring Indiana's largest state agency, the human services department, after it was accidentally eliminated due to a mistake in a new state law.
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STUMPP: Docs' loss of independence driving up health care costsRestricted Content

July 9, 2011
Don Stumpp / Special to IBJ
The fact is that hospitals are paid three to four times for physician ancillary services.
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HICKS: Without real cuts, cost of borrowing will riseRestricted Content

July 9, 2011
Mike Hicks
What is abundantly clear is that federal spending is much higher than is currently sustainable.
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City taps downtown TIF funds for bridge repairsRestricted Content

July 9, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The city is bidding work to repair concrete and add a green roof to the Meridian Street Bridge adjacent to downtown Union Station.
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Indiana toll road came up $209M short in 2010

July 8, 2011
Bloomberg News
Now five years old, the Indiana Toll Road deal has yet to turn a profit, or break even, for its two overseas investors. The $3.8 billion contract, however, has been a bargain for the taxpayers of Indiana.
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City exploring Mass Ave redevelopment options

July 8, 2011
Scott Olson
Property that houses Indianapolis Fire Department facilities on North New Jersey Street, bordering Massachusetts Avenue, could be sold to private developers. In turn, city police and fire services could be better connected.
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Indiana fireworks tax raises millions for training

July 7, 2011
Associated Press
State budget officials said Indiana took in $2.5 million from the special 5-percent public safety tax on fireworks during the 2011 fiscal year that ended June 30. That indicates about $51 million in retail fireworks sales around the state during that time.
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Navistar seeks more tax breaks after old deal failed

July 6, 2011
Scott Olson
The company, which had planned to close its Brookville Road plant, now is set to create 250 new jobs by investing $19 million in new equipment. It previously received $18 million in tax breaks and repaid $5 million to the city.
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WellPoint to pay $100,000 over data breach

July 5, 2011
Associated Press
Health insurer WellPoint Inc. will pay $100,000 and take other steps after admitting it waited months to notify 32,000 Indiana customers that their Social Security numbers, health records and other personal information might have been exposed online.
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City mum on economics of $15M parking garageRestricted Content

July 2, 2011
Cory Schouten
City officials and the developer of a proposed parking garage in Broad Ripple have refused to share financial projections for the project, describing the documents as a "trade secret" exempt from public disclosure.
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Shrinking revenue puts Ballard in hot seatRestricted Content

July 2, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
A drop in local income-tax revenue could put Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard between a familiar political rock and hard place as he faces re-election. Next year’s budgets must be approved in October, when Ballard’s race with Democratic challenger Melina Kennedy will be in the home stretch.
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  1. If I were a developer I would be looking at the Fountain Square and Fletcher Place neighborhoods instead of Broad Ripple. I would avoid the dysfunctional BRVA with all of their headaches. It's like deciding between a Blackberry or an iPhone 5s smartphone. BR is greatly in need of updates. It has become stale and outdated. Whereas Fountain Square, Fletcher Place and Mass Ave have become the "new" Broad Ripples. Every time I see people on the strip in BR on the weekend I want to ask them, "How is it you are not familiar with Fountain Square or Mass Ave? You have choices and you choose BR?" Long vacant storefronts like the old Scholar's Inn Bake House and ZA, both on prominent corners, hurt the village's image. Many business on the strip could use updated facades. Cigarette butt covered sidewalks and graffiti covered walls don't help either. The whole strip just looks like it needs to be power washed. I know there is more to the BRV than the 700-1100 blocks of Broad Ripple Ave, but that is what people see when they think of BR. It will always be a nice place live, but is quickly becoming a not-so-nice place to visit.

  2. I sure hope so and would gladly join a law suit against them. They flat out rob people and their little punk scam artist telephone losers actually enjoy it. I would love to run into one of them some day!!

  3. Biggest scam ever!! Took 307 out of my bank ac count. Never received a single call! They prey on new small business and flat out rob them! Do not sign up with these thieves. I filed a complaint with the ftc. I suggest doing the same ic they robbed you too.

  4. Woohoo! We're #200!!! Absolutely disgusting. Bring on the congestion. Indianapolis NEEDS it.

  5. So Westfield invested about $30M in developing Grand Park and attendance to date is good enough that local hotel can't meet the demand. Carmel invested $180M in the Palladium - which generates zero hotel demand for its casino acts. Which Mayor made the better decision?

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