Government & Economic Development

Indiana House leaders meet over Democratic boycott

March 23, 2011
Associated Press
The leader of the boycotting Indiana House Democrats returned to the Statehouse on Wednesday for what he called a "very positive" meeting with Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma.
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Panel backs Indiana gay marriage ban amendment

March 23, 2011
Associated Press
The Senate Judiciary Committee advanced the amendment on a 7-3 party line vote Wednesday, with Republican senators rejecting arguments that language prohibiting civil unions could threaten the ability of employers to offer domestic partner benefits.
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Boycott reaches 30 days for Indiana House Democrats

March 22, 2011
Associated Press
A legislative stalemate in Indiana reached a political milestone on Tuesday as House Democrats stayed away from their jobs for a 30th consecutive day in what now ranks among the longest Statehouse boycotts in recent U.S. history.
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Software services firm plans 500 jobs in Evansville

March 22, 2011
SS&C Technologies said it will create the jobs by investing about $3.9 million to open a service and technology center in the southwestern Indiana city. The company will begin hiring immediately and expects to begin operating in the second quarter of 2011.
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Daniels signs book deal

March 21, 2011
Associated Press
The book is scheduled to come out in September and is being billed by Sentinel as a reminder of "America's urgent need for limited but more effective government, fiscal discipline at all levels, increased liberty for individuals, and a restoration of our national greatness."
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Healthy Indiana Plan expansion opposed by some

March 21, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana wants to use its public health savings account program for low-income adults to cover people who will become newly eligible for Medicaid under the federal health care law beginning in 2014.
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Indiana Legislature moves on without boycotting Dems

March 21, 2011
Associated Press
House Speaker Brian Bosma directed Republican committee chairmen to hold meetings starting this week to discuss Senate bills, even though no official action or votes can be taken until Democrats return and provide the quorum required by the state constitution.
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Indiana senator returning cash from troubled financier

March 21, 2011
Associated Press
An Indiana state senator is returning campaign contributions from Timothy Durham, a former Indianapolis businessman charged with running a Ponzi scheme that defrauded investors of more than $200 million.
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Sides ponder political fallout of Statehouse boycott

March 20, 2011
Associated Press
Both Democrats and Republicans claim the walkout by Indiana House Democrats is rallying support for their side, spurring new donations and rousing the party faithful.
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Grissom air base to get $7.4 million control tower

March 20, 2011
Associated Press
An Indiana air base that houses the nation's largest fleet of KC135 four-engine tankers will get a high-tech air traffic control tower next year that supporters say will better serve its growing military, civilian and commercial aviation needs.
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RATHKE: My saga of staying up to date on health care reform

March 19, 2011
Tracey Rathke
Human resources used to be about payroll and benefits. Now it's also about watching Congress.
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Hospital systems adopt Starbucks-style service

March 19, 2011
J.K. Wall
Indiana University Health is the latest system to drill employees ranging from clerks to physicians in how to treat patients.
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City looking for auctioneer to sell excess cars, equipment

March 19, 2011
 IBJ Staff
A request for proposals was put out March 14 for the two-year auctioneer contract. Bids are due next month.
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Fear of GOP dominance fuels Indiana Dems' boycott

March 18, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana House Democrats, whose walkout nearly a month ago halted the legislative process, remain in no hurry to return considering they face the prospect of losing on almost every vote.
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City to close Fountain Square charter school

March 18, 2011
J.K. Wall
The decision to close Fountain Square Academy, announced Friday morning at a press conference, marks the first time Mayor Greg Ballard has chosen to shut down a charter school.
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Panel nixes transportation aid for charter schools

March 16, 2011
Associated Press
An Indiana Senate panel eliminated part of a proposal on Wednesday that would have required traditional public schools to help provide transportation to students attending charter schools.
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Indiana House walkout brings talk of recall elections

March 16, 2011
Associated Press
The Republican speaker of the Indiana House said Wednesday that the ongoing walkout by Democratic legislators has stirred up interest in one day making such actions illegal or allowing voters to remove boycotters from office.
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Wholesale prices jump on steep rise in food costs

March 16, 2011
Associated Press
Wholesale prices jumped last month by the most in nearly two years due to higher energy costs and the biggest rise in food prices in 36 years.
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CARLSON: 'Nerdy' Daniels needs to turn laughs into votes

March 16, 2011
Margaret Carlson / Bloomberg News
When someone as staid as Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels turns out to have a sense of humor about himself, it may be time to take him seriously.
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Indiana House speaker weighing options over boycott

March 15, 2011
Associated Press
The Republican leader of the Indiana House said his patience was wearing thin with Democratic lawmakers who have shut down the legislative process in Indiana for three weeks by walking out on their jobs.
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CIB, Colts dispute stadium concession expenses

March 15, 2011
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis Colts and its stadium manager, the Capital Improvement Board of Marion County, are squabbling over who pays certain concession expenses. The dispute ultimately could reach arbitration, if an agreement is not reached.
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CICP exec Gifford heading regional transit task force

March 15, 2011
At the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, Gifford will work primarily with the private-sector-led Central Indiana Transit Task Force, the regional mass transit initiative co-founded by CICP.
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CIB awards contracts for stadium, convention security

March 15, 2011
The Capital Improvement Board voted Monday to retain the services of three firms that currently provide security at Lucas Oil Stadium and the Indiana Convention Center, at an annual savings of $300,000.
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Indiana Medicaid mental health list worries advocates

March 14, 2011
Associated Press
The state budget bill moving through the Indiana General Assembly would save about $7 million each year by creating a list of preferred mental health drugs and trying to win larger rebates from manufacturers.
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Indiana state budget website gets new features

March 14, 2011
Associated Press
New features being added to the state of Indiana's budget transparency website include the ability for users to sign up for e-mail alerts when information they are interested in is updated.
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  1. A Tilted Kilt at a water park themed hotel? Who planned that one? I guess the Dad's need something to do while the kids are on the water slides.

  2. Don't come down on the fair for offering drinks. This is a craft and certainly one that belongs in agriculture due to ingredients. And for those worrying about how much you can drink. I'm sure it's more to do with liability than anything else. They don't want people suing for being over served. If you want a buzz, do a little pre-drinking before you go.

  3. I don't drink but go into this "controlled area" so my friend can drink. They have their 3 drink limit and then I give my friend my 3 drink limit. How is the fair going to control this very likely situation????

  4. I feel the conditions of the alcohol sales are a bit heavy handed, but you need to realize this is the first year in quite some time that beer & wine will be sold at the fair. They're starting off slowly to get a gauge on how it will perform this year - I would assume if everything goes fine that they relax some of the limits in the next year or couple of years. That said, I think requiring the consumption of alcohol to only occur in the beer tent is a bit much. That is going to be an awkward situation for those with minors - "Honey, I'm getting a beer... Ok, sure go ahead... Alright see you in just a min- half an hour."

  5. This might be an effort on the part of the State Fair Board to manage the risk until they get a better feel for it. However, the blanket notion that alcohol should not be served at "family oriented" events is perhaps an oversimplification. and not too realistic. For 15 years, I was a volunteer at the Indianapolis Air Show, which was as family oriented an event as it gets. We sold beer donated by Monarch Beverage Company and served by licensed and trained employees of United Package Liquors who were unpaid volunteers. And where did that money go? To central Indiana children's charities, including Riley Hospital for Children! It's all about managing the risk.

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