Government & Economic Development

Economy brightens as consumers spend, layoffs slow

December 23, 2010
Associated Press
The latest data confirm that the economy is improving, even though too few jobs are being created to lower the 9.8 percent unemployment rate.
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Fourth Artsgarden walkway gets final approval

December 23, 2010
Scott Olson
Construction on the walkway that will connect the downtown PNC Center with the Indianapolis Artsgarden should begin in March. Plans to pave the gravel parking lots on the former site of Market Square also received approval.
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CIB seeking bids for stadium, convention security

December 23, 2010
Request for proposals calls for providing 24-hour security at both Lucas Oil Stadium and the Indiana Convention Center, as well as providing armed guards for special events. The CIB plans to award contracts in mid-March.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Carson talks Congress, whips, soft rock

December 22, 2010
Mason King
Carson Watch VideoU.S. Rep. Andre Carson on his new duties, earmarks, anti-Islam rhetoric, and his love for smooth tunes.
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Skillman won't run for governor's seat in 2012

December 20, 2010
Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman issued a statement Monday morning announcing that "minor" health issues will keep her from running for Indiana governor in 2012.
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Group opposes city plan to pay water manager Veolia $29M

December 20, 2010
Chris O'Malley
The city should refuse to pay the contract-termination fee given alleged defaults by Veolia, the consumer group says. Veolia is out after city sells the water company to Citizens Energy Group.
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Turbulent Indiana General Assembly just ahead

December 18, 2010
Mary Dieter
Scarce resources promise to vex lawmakers charged with writing a new budget when the Legislature convenes in January.
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FEIGENBAUM: 'There is no money' takes on new meaning

December 18, 2010
Ed Feigenbaum
Tight tax revenue will force hard choices on the General Assembly.
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Business agenda might get friendly receptionRestricted Content

December 18, 2010
Mary Dieter
With Republicans firmly in control of the Indiana General Assembly, businesses have a better chance of achieving some of their legislative objectives than they have for years.
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Redistricting, education issues also on docket for General AssemblyRestricted Content

December 18, 2010
Mary Dieter
Legislature will consider redistricting along with controversial education issues.
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Governor seeking leeway on road dealsRestricted Content

December 18, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
Gov. Mitch Daniels’ legislative priorities for next year include putting guidelines into law that would allow the state to more broadly use the private sector to design, finance or operate public infrastructure.
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Daniels says he'd sign statewide smoking ban

December 16, 2010
Associated Press
Gov. Mitch Daniels said towns and cities have shown it's possible to enact smoking bans with significant benefits and minimal cost.
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Ganassi locating two new race teams in Brownsburg

December 16, 2010
Izod IndyCar Series team owner will invest $3.3 million and create up to 30 jobs. Ganassi plans to begin hiring employees immediately to prepare for the start of the 2011 season.
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State pushing to keep building-review wait times down

December 16, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
Wait times in the plan-review process for non-residential projects increased dramatically this year, creating a backlog of cases.
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Daniels endorses findings of criminal code review

December 15, 2010
Associated Press
Sweeping changes proposed for Indiana's criminal sentencing system won the endorsement Wednesday of Gov. Mitch Daniels, who said that if lawmakers enact the changes they would hold down the state's ballooning prison population and save taxpayer money.
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Indiana may cut Medicaid services to check costs

December 15, 2010
Associated Press
The state Medicaid actuary projected Indiana's share of the program's costs will rise by about $1.46 billion this fiscal year, by about $1.84 billion in the 2012 fiscal year and by about $2 billion in the 2013 fiscal year unless some services are cut.
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Indiana GOP chairman stepping down after 5 years

December 15, 2010
Associated Press
Indiana Republican Party Chairman Murray Clark announced his decision Wednesday, saying it was time to turn over the party leadership.
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Indiana lawmakers plan to float corporate tax cuts

December 15, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
State lawmakers plan to propose reducing Indiana’s corporate income tax rate next year in a move they say will make the state a more appealing place for businesses to locate.
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UPDATE: Competitors' woes could help Fishers mortgage firm expand

December 14, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
Fishers-based Stonegate Mortgage Corp. plans to spend about $3 million to expand operations, creating up to 300 jobs by 2015.
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CIB finances faring better than expected

December 13, 2010
Scott Olson
The Capital Improvement Board, through the first nine months of the year, was running $12.3 million ahead of budget, by posting $6.5 million more revenue than planned while cutting $5.8 million in expenses.
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Bayh says he will not run for governor in 2012

December 12, 2010
Associated Press
Many Indiana Democrats had hoped a Bayh candidacy for governor could begin reversing a string of setbacks for their party.
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HICKS: Tax-cut proposal probably a good compromiseRestricted Content

December 11, 2010
Mike Hicks
The Bush tax cuts in particular are politically charged. Many people want to see the rich taxed at higher rates, with little regard for the impact on the economy.
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Daniels names Massa to lead state alcohol board

December 9, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
Gov. Mitch Daniels on Thursday appointed Mark Massa, who served as Daniels’ general counsel before leaving the post earlier this year to run for prosecutor, to run the state’s Alcohol and Tobacco Commission.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Deputy mayor keeps thick skin

December 9, 2010
Mason King
LQ_Huber_watch_videoMichael Huber has learned not to take critics' barbs personally as he oversees some of the city's biggest deals.
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Bill would provide oversight for key state appointments

December 8, 2010
Scott Olson
Rep. Ed DeLaney, D-Indianapolis, wants to give lawmakers a voice in key state appointments made by the governor following an ethics scandal that led to the firing of the chairman of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission.
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  1. The $104K to CRC would go toward debts service on $486M of existing debt they already have from other things outside this project. Keystone buys the bonds for 3.8M from CRC, and CRC in turn pays for the parking and site work, and some time later CRC buys them back (with interest) from the projected annual property tax revenue from the entire TIF district (est. $415K / yr. from just this property, plus more from all the other property in the TIF district), which in theory would be about a 10-year term, give-or-take. CRC is basically betting on the future, that property values will increase, driving up the tax revenue to the limit of the annual increase cap on commercial property (I think that's 3%). It should be noted that Keystone can't print money (unlike the Federal Treasury) so commercial property tax can only come from consumers, in this case the apartment renters and consumers of the goods and services offered by the ground floor retailers, and employees in the form of lower non-mandatory compensation items, such as bonuses, benefits, 401K match, etc.

  2. $3B would hurt Lilly's bottom line if there were no insurance or Indemnity Agreement, but there is no way that large an award will be upheld on appeal. What's surprising is that the trial judge refused to reduce it. She must have thought there was evidence of a flagrant, unconscionable coverup and wanted to send a message.

  3. As a self-employed individual, I always saw outrageous price increases every year in a health insurance plan with preexisting condition costs -- something most employed groups never had to worry about. With spouse, I saw ALL Indiana "free market answer" plans' premiums raise 25%-45% each year.

  4. It's not who you chose to build it's how they build it. Architects and engineers decide how and what to use to build. builders just do the work. Architects & engineers still think the tarp over the escalators out at airport will hold for third time when it snows, ice storms.

  5. http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/duke-energy-customers-angry-about-money-for-nothing

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