Government & Economic Development

Some big bills on back burner in Indiana Legislature

January 23, 2011
Associated Press
Three weeks into Indiana's legislative session, Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma is touting the hard work being done on major issues. Democratic House Minority Leader Patrick Bauer contends the session is off to a slow start.
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Legislation seeks RFP option for selling state landRestricted Content

January 22, 2011
Cory Schouten
The bill would allow the Indiana Department of Administration to sell real estate using a request for proposals, in addition to existing options for competitive bids or an auction.
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21st Century Fund pockets a payoff from saleRestricted Content

January 22, 2011
Chris O'Malley
The state’s principal fund investing in high-tech companies has reached a milestone—for the first time recouping all the money it granted an emerging company, and then some.
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City push on building codes draws gripesRestricted Content

January 22, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
A vigorous effort by city officials to enforce building-safety codes has some concerned that it’s becoming tougher to revitalize older properties.
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Class size takes back seat in education debate

January 22, 2011
J.K. Wall
In his State of the State address, Gov. Mitch Daniels called class size "virtually meaningless" in determining which kids succeed.
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Michigan City snack-food baker adding up to 100 jobs

January 21, 2011
Hearthside Food Solutions says it will invest $3.8 million to expand its operations and hire new workers. The company bakes snack foods for such brands as Keebler, Nabisco and Kraft.
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Vote on North of South project's bond financing delayed

January 21, 2011
Scott Olson
The city's Economic Development Committee, which was set to vote on the downtown project's $98 million bond financing package on Tuesday, chose to wait until February after making a few changes.
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Bill would make Indiana schools start after Labor Day

January 19, 2011
Associated Press
Republican Sen. Mike Delph of Carmel said it makes sense to start school after Labor Day because families would have more summer vacation time together.
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State lobbying commission sidelines executive director

January 19, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indiana Lobby Registration Commission placed Executive Director and general counsel Sarah Nagy on paid leave Monday, the day before a busy filing day for the state's lobbyists.
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Indiana House panel head expects few budget changes

January 18, 2011
Associated Press
The chairman of the Indiana House Ways and Means Committee says he expects the panel to make at most modest changes to Gov. Mitch Daniels' state budget proposal
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Lugar to seek re-election

January 18, 2011
Associated Press
Sen. Richard Lugar plans to return to Indiana on Friday for a major fundraiser in Carmel.
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Indiana officials hope to capitalize on Illinois’ tax woes

January 18, 2011
Scott Olson
Governor, economic development officials look to lure companies to Indiana that now may find doing business in Illinois too costly. But a few experts question whether the state will see any immediate benefits.
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Senator tries to fix Greenwood merger problems

January 18, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
State Sen. Brent Waltz hopes new legislation on local government mergers will mend fences in his home of Johnson County while saving other Indiana communities a series of headaches.
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Obama considers shedding rules that hurt job growth

January 18, 2011
Associated Press
The president planned to sign an executive order Tuesday telling federal agencies to look for rules that place an unreasonable burden on businesses.
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Indiana senator set to propose lower corporate tax

January 17, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Republican Sen. Brandt Hershman of Lafayette, who chairs the Senate Tax Committee, says Indiana's corporate income tax is seen as a hindrance to job creation.
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Pence urged to enter presidential race in 2012

January 17, 2011
Associated Press
An independent campaign to draw GOP Rep. Mike Pence into the 2012 presidential race is under way, with a veteran of the Reagan White House launching a petition drive on Monday urging him to enter the primary contests.
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Reports say Indiana townships inefficient

January 16, 2011
Associated Press
New investigations reported in Indiana newspapers say there are widespread patterns of inefficiency in the government of the state's 1,008 townships.
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LAMKIN: Health care reform is opportunity to reorganize servicesRestricted Content

January 15, 2011
Ned Lamkin
Indiana should take advantage of the opportunity to build a comprehensive exchange.
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Brizzi filed for OmniSource forfeiture

January 15, 2011
Cory Schouten
Former Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi blasted metal-recycling giant OmniSource in a court filing in his last week in office, asking a judge to force the company to forfeit all five of its Indianapolis scrap yards and a foundry facility in Hendricks County.
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Universal curbside recycling program looks iffyRestricted Content

January 15, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Finding a way to cover the cost of expanding the program with revenue from sales of recycled goods such as aluminum, plastic and glass has proved tough, even as commodities prices rise with the improving economy.
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Bill seeks to boost investment credit, startups

January 14, 2011
Scott Olson
The legislation, assigned to a committee on Wednesday, would increase the maximum for venture capital tax credits from $500,000 to $1 million, helping high-potential startups attract outside funding.
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Indiana chief justice endorses sentencing changes

January 12, 2011
Associated Press
A report suggests allowing judges to sentence people convicted of lesser felonies to community corrections, which would help free up prison space for the state's worst offenders and potentially saving more than $1 billion that would otherwise go toward building new prisons.
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Casinos to escape smoking ban proposal

January 12, 2011
Associated Press
An estimate from a nonpartisan agency showed a statewide smoking ban that includes casinos could cost Indiana more than $180 million in lost gambling tax revenue.
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Neighboring states gleeful over Illinois tax increase

January 12, 2011
Associated Press
Neighboring states are plotting to take advantage of what they consider a major economic blunder and lure business away from Illinois.
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Education dominates Daniels' State of State address

January 11, 2011
Associated Press
Gov. Mitch Daniels urged Indiana lawmakers Tuesday night to be aggressive in making sweeping changes to the state's education system.
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  1. I still don't understand how the FBI had any right whatsoever to investigate this elderly collector. Before the Antiquities Act it was completely legal to buy, trade or collect Native American artifacts. I used to see arrow heads, axes, bowls, corn grinders at antique shops and flea markets for sale and I bought them myself. But that was in the late 60's and early 70's. And I now know that people used to steal items from sites and sell them. I understand that is illegal. But we used to find arrow heads and even a corn grinder in our back yard when I was a child. And I still have those items today in my small collection.

  2. I lived in California and they had many of the things noted in the proposed suggestions from the "Blue Ribbon Panel". California is near financial collapse now. Let's not turn the great state of Indiana into a third world dump like California.

  3. The temporary closure of BR Avenue will get a lot of attention. But, one thing reported by the IndyStar really stands out to me, and is extraordinarily depressing: “Police also have agreed to crack down on noise violations, traffic violations and public intoxication.” In other words, the police have generously agreed to do their jobs (temporarily, at least), instead of just standing around waiting for someone to call 911. When is someone in this department going to get off their fat arse (looking at you, Chief), get their minds out of 1975-era policing and into 2014, and have his department engage in pro-active work instead of sitting around waiting for someone to be shot? Why in the hell does it take 7 people getting shot in one night in one of the city’s biggest tourist destinations, to convince the police (reluctantly, it would appear) that they actually need to do their f’n jobs? When is the Chief going to realize that there’s a huge, direct, proven correlation between enforcing the law (yes, all laws, especially those affecting quality of life) and preventing larger crimes from occurring? Is it racial BS? Is that what this extraordinary reluctance is all about? Is the department and the city terrified that if they do their jobs, they might offend someone? Whom, exactly? Will the victims of violence, murder, assault, rape, robbery, and theft be offended? Will the citizens who have to tolerate their deteriorating quality of life be offended? Will the businesses who see their customers flee be offended? Or, is it simple ignorance (maybe the Chief hasn’t heard about NYC’s success in fighting crime - it’s only the biggest g*&#am city in the country, after all)? Either way, Chief, if you don’t want to do your job, then step down. Let someone who actually wants the job take it.

  4. I thought Indiana had all the funding it needed for everything. That's why the state lottery and casino gambling were allowed, as the new tax revenue would take care of everything the state wanted to do.The recommendations sound like they came from California. Better think about that. What is the financial condition of that state?

  5. I was a fan of WIBC in the morning, Steve was the only WIBC host that I listened too, he gave the news with so much flare that I enjoyed listening to him on my way to work. Katz is no Steve. Sadly, I will not be listening to WIBC anymore.

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