Government & Economic Development

Budget could spur talks of school consolidation

April 25, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers may have found a way to spur the consolidation of small school districts without jumping into the politically unpopular issue: Starve small districts of state funding to financially push them toward merger talks.
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Can Indianapolis recover convention chief stability?

April 23, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Leonard Hoops is the third CEO of the Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Association in three years—not ideal in an industry where it often takes three to five years to consummate a deal and as long as a decade to plan and build infrastructure
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Education reform might not boost Daniels presidential runRestricted Content

April 23, 2011
J.K. Wall
Gov. Mitch Daniels is on the cusp of signing the most comprehensive package of school reforms that any state has yet passed, but political insiders say that might not help him in a potential presidential race because education is typically a dud as a presidential political issue.
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Essex Hotel site remains undeveloped despite city dealRestricted Content

April 23, 2011
Cory Schouten
Sixteen years after the former Essex Hotel was razed, the site remains a parking lot although a 1990 agreement with the city required its owner to develop the space within five years if the building were torn down.
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Dorson resigns from chamber post

April 22, 2011
Roland Dorson, president of the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce since 1996, resigned Friday. He had taken a leave of absence earlier in the month.
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Indiana House passes bill to cut corporate tax rates

April 21, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana's corporate income tax rate would be cut by nearly 25 percent over the next four years under a plan the Indiana House has approved.
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State House OKs watered-down immigration bill

April 21, 2011
Associated Press
Businesses that hire illegal immigrants could have some state tax credits revoked under a proposal that has cleared the Indiana House.
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Final negotiations on Indiana budget start next week

April 21, 2011
Associated Press
A $28 billion budget proposal that cleared the Indiana Senate on Thursday includes a way to fine boycotting lawmakers — a provision Democrats oppose — and doesn't include an automatic taxpayer refund that the Republican governor wants.
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CVS to pay $858K over inflated drug claims

April 21, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller says the state will get $858,000 from CVS Pharmacy Inc. to settle allegations that the company overcharged Medicaid programs.
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Senate OKs plan spurred by White indictment

April 21, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana Senate has approved a bill that would allow Gov. Mitch Daniel to appoint a new secretary of state if indicted Republican Charlie White is found to be ineligible.
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Indiana Senate backs setting daily fines for boycotts

April 20, 2011
Associated Press
Republican frustration over the five-week walkout by Indiana House Democrats re-emerged Wednesday as the state Senate approved a method for $1,000-a-day fines against boycotting legislators.
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GOP forges ahead with Indiana redistricting

April 20, 2011
Associated Press
Republicans who now fully control the Legislature and the redistricting process say they've followed their commitment to draw new districts that are compact and avoid splitting up cities and counties.
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State's top anti-smoking agency could be abolished

April 20, 2011
Scott Olson
Indiana Tobacco Prevention and Cessation, formed in 2001 and funded by money from a settlement with the tobacco industry, may be consolidated into the state Department of Health as a budget-cutting measure.
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Bill would shift tax appeals in property owners' favor

April 20, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
A bill expected to be heard Wednesday in the Indiana House would give property owners appealing the assessed value of their homes or buildings more clout in the fight.
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State Senate OKs bill to cut Planned Parenthood aid

April 19, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana Senate approved a bill Tuesday that would cut off funding to Planned Parenthood and give the state some of the country's tightest abortion restrictions.
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Indiana House passes criminal checks on medical workers

April 19, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana House has approved a bill requiring criminal background checks for anyone seeking a new license to be a doctor, dentist or several other health care jobs.
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Bill on teacher union rights heads to governor

April 19, 2011
Associated Press
A bill to restrict Indiana teachers' collective bargaining rights has cleared its final legislative hurdle, becoming the first part of Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels' sweeping education agenda to make it to the governor's desk.
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Daniels wants taxpayer refund back in budget

April 19, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels has written lawmakers to urge them to restore an automatic taxpayer refund that was removed from a budget proposal this week.
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Statehouse fight continues over bank-insurance fund

April 19, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Indiana lawmakers likely will avoid tapping an obscure bank-insurance fund to help bolster state coffers, but bankers may not survive the battle completely unscathed.
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State's unemployment rate drops to 8.5 percent

April 19, 2011
Indiana's unemployment rate last month declined by 0.3 percentage points compared to February and is the lowest it's been in more than two years.
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IBM: Daniels' email shows he had key role in deal

April 18, 2011
Associated Press
IBM wants to depose Daniels soon because it's concerned he will announce he's running for president and would be too busy on the campaign trail to give a deposition.
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Indiana Senate backs pulling Planned Parenthood money

April 18, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana Senate voted Monday to prohibit any state contracts or grants with Planned Parenthood or other organizations that provide abortions.
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UPDATE: Senate panel OKs budget with more school money

April 18, 2011
Associated Press
An Indiana Senate committee on Monday approved a state budget that relies on a new, more optimistic revenue estimate to direct more cash to schools, restore previously proposed cuts and leave Indiana with more money in the bank than prior versions.
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Sunday alcohol sales backers make final push

April 18, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Proposed legislation that would allow grocery stores in Indiana to sell cold beer and alcohol on Sundays faces an uphill battle in the General Assembly.
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Indiana lawmakers push voluntary renewable standards

April 17, 2011
Associated Press
Senate Bill 251, which passed the Indiana House Utilities and Energy committee Friday, calls for a voluntary goal of producing 10 percent of the state's electricity from renewable energy resources by 2025.
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  1. How much you wanna bet, that 70% of the jobs created there (after construction) are minimum wage? And Harvey is correct, the vast majority of residents in this project will drive to their jobs, and to think otherwise, is like Harvey says, a pipe dream. Someone working at a restaurant or retail store will not be able to afford living there. What ever happened to people who wanted to build buildings, paying for it themselves? Not a fan of these tax deals.

  2. Uh, no GeorgeP. The project is supposed to bring on 1,000 jobs and those people along with the people that will be living in the new residential will be driving to their jobs. The walkable stuff is a pipe dream. Besides, walkable is defined as having all daily necessities within 1/2 mile. That's not the case here. Never will be.

  3. Brad is on to something there. The merger of the Formula E and IndyCar Series would give IndyCar access to International markets and Formula E access the Indianapolis 500, not to mention some other events in the USA. Maybe after 2016 but before the new Dallara is rolled out for 2018. This give IndyCar two more seasons to run the DW12 and Formula E to get charged up, pun intended. Then shock the racing world, pun intended, but making the 101st Indianapolis 500 a stellar, groundbreaking event: The first all-electric Indy 500, and use that platform to promote the future of the sport.

  4. No, HarveyF, the exact opposite. Greater density and closeness to retail and everyday necessities reduces traffic. When one has to drive miles for necessities, all those cars are on the roads for many miles. When reasonable density is built, low rise in this case, in the middle of a thriving retail area, one has to drive far less, actually reducing the number of cars on the road.

  5. The Indy Star announced today the appointment of a new Beverage Reporter! So instead of insightful reports on Indy pro sports and Indiana college teams, you now get to read stories about the 432nd new brewery open or some obscure Hoosier winery winning a county fair blue ribbon. Yep, that's the coverage we Star readers crave. Not.

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