Government & Economic Development

Ice storm uses big chunk of city snow-removal budget

February 11, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis spent almost half its 2011 budget for snow removal—$3.4 million—to deal with last week’s ice and snow storms, the city announced Friday morning.
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Census: Home vacancies follow job losses in Indiana

February 10, 2011
Associated Press
North-central and east-central Indiana, which absorbed the brunt of the job losses, also showed the highest percentage of unoccupied homes.
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Indiana Senate panel advances nuclear incentive bill

February 10, 2011
Associated Press
A bill that would allow Indiana's utilities to quickly pass onto their customers some of the costs of planning nuclear power plants is advancing in the General Assembly.
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Indiana moving ahead with plan to fix jobless fund

February 10, 2011
Associated Press
Legislators aren't holding up a plan to fix Indiana's debt-ridden unemployment insurance fund as they wait to see whether the federal government will put off charging the states interest on what they owe.
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Lawmakers start work on teacher merit pay bill

February 9, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers have started work on one of the more controversial aspects of Gov. Mitch Daniels' sweeping education agenda: a plan to tie teacher pay to student performance.
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Indiana panel OKs early-graduation scholarship

February 9, 2011
Associated Press
A proposal to give Indiana high school seniors a $3,500 college scholarship if they graduate a year early has cleared its first legislative hurdle.
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Panel backs Indiana immigration crackdown bill

February 9, 2011
Associated Press
An Indiana Senate committee approved a bill Wednesday night that its sponsor says would lead to an Arizona-style crackdown on illegal immigration in the state.
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'Clean energy financing districts' face tough sell at Statehouse

February 9, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Districts would finance solar panels and other clean-energy projects through special tax levies on participating properties.
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AT&T planning upgrades to city wireless network

February 9, 2011
Improvements, which include nine new cell towers and more Wi-Fi coverage, are expected to be made before Indianapolis hosts next year's Super Bowl.
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Nuclear power bill at statehouse conjures up ghosts

February 9, 2011
Chris O'Malley
A controversial bill in the Indiana Senate would make it easier for utilities to quickly bill ratepayers for proposed nuclear and other clean-energy projects.
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Indiana teachers rally against GOP education plan

February 8, 2011
Associated Press
More than 1,000 Indiana teachers swarmed the Indiana Statehouse Tuesday for a rowdy rally denouncing the sweeping education proposals moving through the Republican-dominated state House and Senate.
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House passes bill to expand charter schools

February 8, 2011
Associated Press
The House approved the proposal Tuesday on a 59-37 mostly party-line vote following hours of debate. Republicans say the bill would mean more options for families, while Democrats contend that it will erode funding for traditional schools.
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Lawmakers eye cutting corporate taxes

February 8, 2011
Associated Press
Legislators are moving ahead with a plan to cut Indiana's corporate income tax by about 40 percent while holding off on phasing out the state inheritance tax.
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Job openings fall for second straight month

February 8, 2011
Associated Press
Employers posted fewer job openings in December, the second straight month of declines. That's a sign hiring is still weak even as the economy is gaining strength.
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Technicality delays council's North of South vote

February 8, 2011
Tom Harton
A technicality caused the City-County Council on Monday night to put off a final vote on the massive North of South mixed-use project slated to be built on 14 acres north of the Eli Lilly and Co. corporate campus.
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Indiana House budget leader expects plan next week

February 7, 2011
Associated Press
The House Ways and Means Committee began taking public testimony Monday about the two-year state budget plan after four weeks of hearings with state agencies and universities.
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Mourdock says he's made decision about Senate run

February 6, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana state Treasurer Richard Mourdock says he's made a decision and will make an announcement soon about whether he'll challenge longtime U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar in the 2012 Republican primary.
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Bill would limit school referendum campaigns

February 6, 2011
Associated Press
State Rep. Cindy Noe, R-Indianapolis, wants to stop schools from using public money and bar school employees from campaigning for referendums that would raise property taxes.
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Indiana's promised scholarships caught in budget bind

February 6, 2011
Associated Press
The growing popularity of the 21st Century Scholars program and the state's recession-driven budget bind has state officials looking to tighten up both the academic and financial requirements.
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Indiana lawmaker pushes Sunday sales of alcohol, cars

February 5, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana shoppers would be able to buy a six-pack of beer or a new car on Sundays if state Sen. Phil Boots is successful in rolling back two of the few remaining blue laws still in effect in Indiana.
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Bill would expand powers of campus police officers

February 5, 2011
Associated Press
Police officers at Indiana colleges and universities could have the same authority as city and county officers under a bill introduced in the General Assembly.
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FEIGENBAUM: Unemployment insurance bill's path surprisingly smooth

February 5, 2011
Ed Feigenbaum
Once in a legislative blue moon, a bill will zip through the labyrinthine process with alacrity.
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Tax credit would benefit public school foundationsRestricted Content

February 5, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Ellettsville Democrat Vi Simpson wants to create an income-tax credit for gifts to public-school foundations, which could compete with one that’s already available for private-school scholarships.
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Bond wariness might make it tough for cities to borrowRestricted Content

February 5, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Interest rates on municipal bonds have ticked up in the last two months to pre-recession levels as investors have pulled their money from bond funds in droves. That pattern has begun, gradually, to reverse, but the higher rates could add to the cost of issuing debt for pending city projects.
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Indiana plans Reagan celebration at Statehouse

February 4, 2011
Associated Press
The Ronald Reagan Centennial Celebration is scheduled for Feb. 10 at the Indiana Statehouse. The celebration is part of events nationwide celebrating Reagan's life.
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