Government & Economic Development

Tighter rules for scholarship program advance

February 3, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana's popular 21st Century Scholars program that provides full college scholarships to needy students who stay out of trouble would have stiffer requirements under a proposal approved Thursday by a legislative committee.
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Indiana took in more revenue than expected in January

February 2, 2011
Associated Press
So far this fiscal year, collections are ahead of the state's forecast by $78 million, or 1.1 percent.
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Indiana colleges want $700 million for new buildings

February 2, 2011
Associated Press
Commission for Higher Education officials say Indiana's universities should get no money for capital projects during the next two-year state budget.
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Area businessman considers run for governor

February 2, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Jim Wallace of Fishers wrote in a letter to state and local GOP officials that his experiences in business and in public service have trained him for the challenges of leading Indiana.
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Indiana Legislature called off again because of storm

February 2, 2011
Associated Press
Leaders of the House and Senate both postponed committee meetings that were scheduled at the Statehouse for Wednesday after doing the same on Tuesday.
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Indiana House, Senate cancel work due to ice storm

February 1, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana House and Senate have cancelled plans to work Tuesday because of the ice storm that's sweeping across central Indiana.
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House passes measure fixing unemployment fund

January 31, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana House approved a bill Monday to help fix the state's bankrupt unemployment insurance fund by reducing jobless benefits for some people and softening tax increases on businesses.
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Indiana House OKs smoking ban with bars exempted

January 31, 2011
Associated Press
The Republican-led House voted 68-31 Monday to approve the bill, which now moves to the GOP-controlled Senate for consideration.
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Florida judge strikes down health care overhaul

January 31, 2011
Associated Press
A federal judge ruled Monday that the Obama administration's health care overhaul is unconstitutional, siding with 26 states, including Indiana, that sued to block it.
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Former Sen. Bayh joining Washington, D.C., law firm

January 31, 2011
Associated Press
The firm of McGuireWoods announced Monday that former Sen. Evan Bayh would be a partner and strategic advisor to domestic and international clients on public policy matters.
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English-language bill advancing despite questions

January 30, 2011
Associated Press
An Indiana proposal to require that state documents be issued only in English is raising philosophical and practical questions from lawmakers trying to navigate the tricky territory of immigration politics.
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HICKS: President should focus on reducing debt burdenRestricted Content

January 29, 2011
Mike Hicks
What worried me most about the president’s speech was not what he said, but what he didn’t.
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FEIGENBAUM: Lawmakers wrestle with when and how to regulate

January 29, 2011
Ed Feigenbaum
What may be appropriate regulatory reform to one person or industry may be anathema to another.
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Bill would force owners of electric cars to pay feeRestricted Content

January 29, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Special charge would help offset lost gas-tax revenue.
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Charter school's nimble approach could become the norm

January 29, 2011
Francesca Jarosz, J.K. Wall
Indianapolis Metropolitan High School implemented a school-wide overhaul in its educational approach in only three months. The charter school might be the face of the future for all Indiana public schools.
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Judges to hear challenge to state’s alcohol permit process

January 28, 2011
Scott Olson
A panel of Indiana Court of Appeals judges on Monday will consider a complaint from the Indiana Association of Beverage Retailers, which insists too many competing drugstores are receiving beer permits.
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Pence won't run for president; no word on governor's race

January 27, 2011
Associated Press
U.S. Rep. Mike Pence said Thursday he won't seek the Republican nomination for president in 2012 because he wants to focus on issues "closer to home" — a message some supporters are interpreting as his clearest sign yet that he'll run for Indiana governor.
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Local Tea Party group takes aim at Carmel mayor

January 27, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
A new Carmel-based Tea Party group, the Constitutional Patriots, has set its sights on Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard, taking issue with his spending on projects like the $170 million Center for the Performing Arts.
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Senate to consider ban of texting while driving

January 27, 2011
Associated Press
Previous attempts to ban texting while driving have cleared the House but met resistance from conservative leaders in the Senate. It will get a hearing this year, Sen. David Long said.
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U.S. says new rules would cut thousands of coal jobs

January 26, 2011
Associated Press
The Obama administration's own experts estimate their proposal for protecting streams from coal mining would eliminate thousands of jobs and slash production across much of the country
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Scholarship bill raises questions about minors on campus

January 26, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
As Indiana lawmakers ponder a bill that would give high school students an incentive to graduate early, state university leaders are bracing for the possible impact—an influx of minors onto their campuses.
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Bill advances to set 40 as Indiana's alcohol ID age

January 26, 2011
Associated Press
The bill would change a much-ridiculed law that took effect last summer requiring everyone — regardless of age — to be carded for carryout alcohol.
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State senator: Should Indiana legalize marijuana?

January 25, 2011
Associated Press
Sen. Karen Tallian, D- Portage, is sponsoring a bill that would direct the criminal law and sentencing study committee to examine Indiana's marijuana laws next summer and come up with recommendations.
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Illinois governor responds as states try to poach jobs

January 25, 2011
Associated Press
Gov. Pat Quinn has a message for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and officials from other states trying to lure jobs from Illinois: Back off.
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Indiana House OKs bill to ban texting while driving

January 25, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana drivers would not be allowed to send or read text messages on mobile phones under legislation that cleared the Indiana House on Tuesday.
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